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Propofol count benchmarking study

We are conducting a study and your input would be helpful.

1. Is your facility currently counting propofol as a daily count?

2. Are you planning on starting a count sheet in the near future?

Started by: Trish Baker (Director, Surgical Services/Director of Nursing) at October 1, 2012 (2:03 pm)

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We are an ambulatory eye surgery center. We currently keep all Propofol lock but do not count.

lisa c. (OR Manager/Supervisor) at January 21, 2013 (1:50 pm)

We are an ambulatory eye surgery center. We currently keep all Propofol locked but do not count.

lisa c. (OR Manager/Supervisor) at January 21, 2013 (1:49 pm) [last edited on January 21, 2013 (1:50 pm)]

We are a large surgery center in Alabama. We started counting Propofol as per Alabama law.

Vickie Dawson (Director, Surgical Services/Director of Nursing) at January 21, 2013 (9:26 am)

Effective Aug 27, 2012-Propofol added to Controlled Substances list in Alabama by the Alabama State Committee of Public Health. The Alabama Controlled Substances List divides substances into five schedules, Schedule V being the highest risk category, based on the potential for abuse and the potential risk to the public or the individual"™s health. Propofol has been added to Schedule IV, which means that providers will be required to store the drugs securely, and keep detailed records of who accesses the drugs, as well as the administration and disposal of the drug.

L. Blackwell (Other) at January 18, 2013 (11:22 am)

We are an outpatient eye surgery center. We do not count propofol. During an AAAHC survey we were told it did not need to be counted.

Gertrude Zeiler (Director, Surgical Services/Director of Nursing) at January 15, 2013 (9:28 pm)

We are a free standing Endoscopy Center and we also keep the propofol under lock and key as we do with all drugs in our facility. We do not count it but I do foresee the day when we will as a result of the shortage and temptation of using the vials as multi-patient

C. Harrell (Administrator/Director/Manager/Owner/Executive Officer) at January 15, 2013 (1:54 pm)

We are a small surgery center in Houston, Texas. We have our propofol locked in our pharmacy. We do not count at this time and my guess is, we wouldn't count unless regulations changed. I must agree with a previous post that we do not need any more regulatory burdens.

s. douglas (Other) at January 9, 2013 (11:26 am)

I checked with the State of Washington and counting is not required at this time. We do keep it lockedup at all times. We do not count at this time.

Alvera Gaskins (OR Manager/Supervisor) at January 9, 2013 (9:52 am)

Yes - we count daily with the other narcotics.

Katherine L. (Other) at January 4, 2013 (8:34 am)

Propofol is currently locked but not counted. Within the near future I definitely think that prop will be more regulated (as it and other drugs should be). Succ and other paralytics have also been known to be not abused but used to cause harm during crimes. Not quite sure what the correct answer is but it seems to me that robots (filled with meds) will accompany each patient and administrate exactly what is ordered. No more....no less. Heck, MEDBOT could even regulate IV infusion rates, piggy backs and serve as a general IV pump?? This method protects nursing from any potential errors because MEDBOT would remotley receive all medication administration orders and carry them out. Of course he would report meds given, dose, route, strength and time--then he would make an annoying beep so a nurse can come and check his MAR, therefore signing off that MEDBOT carried out the order. This would ensure that ALL medications would be treated equally, and nurses would not have to be as concerned when counts are performed. **Oh, and don't worry, MEDBOT is extremely nurse friendly.

Peter C. (Administrator/Director/Manager/Owner/Executive Officer) at December 19, 2012 (3:06 am)

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