I work in a very fast paced unit. Discharges are happening left and right, patients are coming back from surgery, leaving for surgery and we are constantly admitting patients. It’s a small unit 18 patients, 3 nurses and one tech. We always have four nurses on the schedule but one is always getting floated to another unit. We’ve complained about this because we need four nurses when there’s 18 patients but they don’t listen. I was feeling very overwhelmed. It was a vile of 1000mg of vancomycin in my unit those are not premixed we mix them. When I have to vials of abx I usually separate them but that day I failed too.
This is a reminder to me that I need to go back to my basics. Which is separating them with plastic bags. I learned from this now I’ll be double-triple checking all my medications.