I have been guilty of leaving pills, not narcotics, but maybe a nexium or a lactulose, something like that. It is not often I do this but at times, I'll have to wake a pt up out of a hard sleep and they just don't want to rouse up enough to take the pills when I offer them. If I see they're not going to take them at the time, I have been know to place them in a drawer safety tucked away until I can get them roused up enough to take them, instead of leaving them on the breakfast tray or something.
We have the computer scanners so sometimes it's a big pain to place them some where else after they've been opened, so when this does happen on rare occurences, I may place them in the bedside drawer and come back in few minutes to remind the pt to take the pills.
Like I said, this doesn't happen often, but it has happened on a few occasions. I don't like doing it and will Never leave narcotics, but sometimes i just don't see what any other options I have at the time, especially when I'm so super busy passing 8-9-10 oclock meds to 6 patients.
Anybody understand where I'm coming from and ever have the same problem of pts not wanting to wake up this early to take
Please, No flaming me, I"m just being honest here. I'd love to hear some constructive advice on what other's do with this type of situation, which I'm sure most of you know what I"m talking about, that is, if you work on a medsurg floor