I currently work in a facility that uses Accudose machines (similar to pyxis).
However, in a facility I used to work at, Narcs were kept in a locked drawer, literally in ziplock bags kept in a shoe box. And yes, you had to write down all the counts at the beginning and end of every shift, and when you had to take meds - write the pt name, room number, doctor who prescribed the med, and count and sign. Talk about eating time. I'm pretty sure that facility does it that same way to this day.
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Our count is through the pyxis, where each time we remove we count what is in the drawer. I remember signing it out of the narc cabinet when I first started nursing 11 years ago. I had to get use to the pyxis but now I wouldn't go back.
I work at a facility where a nurse has to go to a "Narc Room" with a "Narc Key" and sign out for whatever "narcotic" that the nurse needs. When signing out for the med the nurse would have to write: time signed out, patient name, room number, medication, how many are going to be left after taken what you need and the nurses signature (if you have to waste, of course a witness is needed). Time consuming and when you have more than one patient you are getting meds for... I've been doing this for 3 years now and though I find it annoying (definetly when I have to get Sudafed but Halodol/Geodon is in the pt drawer at the nursing station), I'm used to it. Does anyone else have still write out their narcs or are we the only ones left behind....lol.
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