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  1. thank you for responding to my post. this is very interesting because I so believe it is wrong. I received no training or orientation to this situation until I was actually in the situation. this is not the best time to learn how to properly apply a gas mask. I am also required to intervene and try to persuade the offender to comply with orders from security officers. the policy states nurses should be called to intervene before the decision is made to use chemical force for compliance but this is not what is being done. the UOF  is often in progress when called to the pod. I was exposed to mk9 without protection and had to leave the area and now I am being written up for not wearing proper protection. and let me ask you another question : shouldn't there be MSDS sheets available to nursing staff regarding these chemicals used. my charge nurse said because "its a security thing " not a nursing thing" uggggggggggghhhhhh!

    1. Orca

      Orca, ASN, RN

      You are quite welcome. I agree with you that it is wrong - and potentially dangerous. Nurses are not trained in handling use of force situations, but custody staff are.

      I don't understand them sending you into an area where chemical irritants were being used without informing you what you were walking into or what protective equipment that you might need. For the employer to then take corrective action against you seems unjustified. Your facility likely has MSDS on the chemicals that were used, and you have every right to view them, especially if you are being sent in where they are being used.

      The only similar situation that I was in was on our administrative segregation unit. They had a collection of inmates who decided to get stupid and refuse to cuff up. Custody had to perform several cell extractions, which meant that they were using tear gas. I was standing by just in case anyone needed medical assessment.