Equipment Issues

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Lab Bags
by Rebecca Reed - Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 12:21 PM

We are a small program with limited storage, and we have been using lab bags.  has anyone used lab bags for simulation, or does it violate the veracity of the simulation. 

I was also wondering if anyone puts syruinges in their lab bags, as we have some faculty seeking assurances that it is allowable.


Thanks in advance for yout guidance.

Becky Reed                                                                                                                    Learning Resource Coordinator                                                                                               Memorial School of Nursing, Albany NY

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Re: Lab Bags
by Linda shubert - Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:25 PM
We do put syringes in our lab bags- no faculty have ever raised any issues. We also are a small program with limited storage. To date, we have not had the students use their lab bags for simulations.
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Re: Lab Bags
by Kathleen Atchison - Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 10:02 PM

We do not use bags for simulation.  It would not be feasible the way we run our scenarios because students draw numbers and are then assigned a scenario.  They do not know what is going to happen to their 'patients" or what equipment they will need before the simulation session.

We do have an IV start kit for the skills lab bag.  However, we have these separated from the rest of the bag and the students must sign for this equipment the day of use as it is distributed.  The kits contain catheters, syringes, sterile saline, etc.

I actually don't know what legal authority gives nursing schools permission to distribute syringes and needles (normally needing a perscription in California unless the city is allowing pharmacy sale without a perscription under the state's Disease Prevention Demonstration Project).  You might want to ask your dean about the legal guidelines for access, distribution, and disposal of syringes that the school is accountable to or submit the question to you state's BRN.