To give or not to give supplements

  1. OK, I have to ask. Does anyone give supplements to each and every resident during a med pass?? I have been in LTC for about 3 months now, and each resident has "XXXXX" (similar to Boost) given with each med pass. If I wait for every one to comsume the supplement I will never get done with the med pass. I do give it to the nutritionally challenged residents, but the majority I simply sign the MAR. I also work 3-11, and most of them are getting the supplement on their dinner trays. It is really eating at me that I do this. But I can't see any other way to get the important meds out on time. Any input would be appreciated.
    Last edit by remched on Mar 19, '07
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  3. by   CoffeeRTC
    Well, first off, if it is on the MAR it is ordered by the MD, if you sign for it you are responsible for giving it. Our dietician only recomends them for the res who need it (in fact, we get yelled at for giving them to res not ordered it $$$ issues...grr) We also switched to a calorie/ nutrient dense milk shake...Resourse 2.0 so we only have to give small amts 60-90 cc at a time. One other place I worked at for a short time had a can of carnation instant ordered for their no way in heck I was able to get 240ccs in them..
    Sounds like your facility is going overboard with the supplements. Makes me ask....whats wrong with the meals? Do all of the residents really need to be on them? If you are having a problem getting them in the residents, I'm sure other nurses are too. Maybe they aren't getting them in,hence the need for more orders? Maybe you all can approach dietary?
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    We use something called VHC....very high calorie. I think it has 250 calories per ounce. It is some nasty tasting stuff....sweet grease...but the demented residents seem to like it. We have it on the MAR and it gets signed off like any other med.
  5. by   marjoriemac
    We have quite a few residents on supplements that refuse it all the time (they don't like it and dietician insists this is just a dementia thing and to keep trying), I do not give them it anymore I sign it on the MAR as refused, saves wasting a whole carton of the stuff. I do not generally offer a supplement if the person has eaten well and had extra pudding either as I do not want to make someone sick. I think supplements are one of those things (like laxatives, painkillers and anti fungal creams) that are written up by GP's and never reviewed.