Toomey syringes

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How often do you change the toomey syringes used for tube feedings?

2011nursetobe

2011nursetobe

64 Posts

Daily...usually at midnight along with tube feeding sets.

I<3H2O

I<3H2O, BSN, RN

Specializes in Home Health. 298 Posts

I usually walk into a room and start pitching everything. Nobody dates stuff like that so I always just get brand new for my shift.

Hospice Nurse LPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Hospice. Has 15 years experience. 1,472 Posts

I usually walk into a room and start pitching everything. Nobody dates stuff like that so I always just get brand new for my shift.

Most places have a policy of changing at MN, but I agree and I usually toss out everything and start anew.

Altra, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU. 6,255 Posts

Daily.

Ginger's Mom

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

Has 41 years experience. 1 Article; 3,181 Posts

I usually walk into a room and start pitching everything. Nobody dates stuff like that so I always just get brand new for my shift.

That is why the cost of health care is so high, instead why not speak up to change your unit's nursing practice. Next time you don't get a raise think of your wasteful practice.

MN-Nurse

MN-Nurse, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg - Renal. 1,398 Posts

That is why the cost of health care is so high' date=' instead why not speak up to change your unit's nursing practice. Next time you don't get a raise think of your wasteful practice.[/quote']

You missed the part where she noted her coworkers don't date the items so she has no idea how long the equipment has been in use. There is a policy that the stuff needs to be dated - they often even give color coded preprinted stickers for that purpose.

The nurse you just roto-rootered could have prevented who knows how many infections. Is that "wasteful practice" too?

Ginger's Mom

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

Has 41 years experience. 1 Article; 3,181 Posts

You missed the part where she noted her coworkers don't date the items so she has no idea how long the equipment has been in use. There is a policy that the stuff needs to be dated - they often even give color coded preprinted stickers for that purpose.

The nurse you just roto-rootered could have prevented who knows how many infections. Is that "wasteful practice" too?

I think you are missing my point, if you don't know when a package it opened, it is good practice to start fresh it is best practice.

But if this happens repeatedly best practice would be to start a change process of dating everything. Instead this nurse practice is" I usually toss out everything and start anew" which is wasteful a. In my opinion it is lazy and wasteful practice, just take the low road. What happens when this person is off, the supplies are not dated and the next nurse may not get new supplies, so the infection she tried to prevent will still happen and she added to the medical costs by not following best practices. So changes are zero infections are prevented, and who knows what else she throws out.....wouldn't be smarter and better for the patient to change practices?