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(We Are Central PA)   Nurse charged with replacing Oxycodone pills with vitamin D pills in dispensing machine in hospital. In other news, there are Oxycodone dispensing machines in hospitals   (wearecentralpa.com) divider line
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2021-06-18 6:25:51 AM  
You take too much vitamin D and you'll be walking on sunshine
 
2021-06-18 6:40:38 AM  
Did someone say Altoona?

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2021-06-18 7:28:42 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Did someone say Altoona?

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2021-06-18 8:12:22 AM  
When interviewed, Pacifico reportedly admitted to taking the Oxy and replacing it with vitamin D pills and taking them to help her sleep.

Another nurse that was worked so hard in 2020 that had to resort to drugs to keep up?
 
2021-06-18 8:36:59 AM  
"Lithium is no longer available on credit."
 
2021-06-18 8:39:21 AM  
Meanwhile, in Japan...
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2021-06-18 8:42:07 AM  
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Click all the squares that don't contain edible food.
 
2021-06-18 8:44:38 AM  
Of course there's gonna be an opioid problem if there are dispensers everywhere.
 
2021-06-18 8:46:28 AM  
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Nuff said on that subject..........
 
2021-06-18 8:52:21 AM  
I guess I'll be 'that guy'

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2021-06-18 8:52:25 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Did someone say Altoona?

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Altoona is Arabic for "The Tuna".
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-18 8:52:38 AM  
Yes. There are dispensers. You think it's the 80s and all the nurses have keys to a giant store-room of narcotics?

The dispensers are in place to control, monitor, and in-theory lock all that shiat down.

/Mom was a nurse
//Ex also
///Different people
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-18 8:53:11 AM  

Parthenogenetic: I guess I'll be 'that guy'

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Damn you!
 
2021-06-18 8:54:25 AM  
Meanwhile in the nurse's break room...

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2021-06-18 8:54:33 AM  
Seriously, walk up to an Arabic guy and during conversation drop "Al-computer" or "Al-mobile" and see their reaction.

/disclaimer, doesn't always work
 
2021-06-18 8:56:42 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Did someone say Altoona?

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Full Metal Jacket - What the fuck is that
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2021-06-18 8:56:46 AM  

151: Yes. There are dispensers. You think it's the 80s and all the nurses have keys to a giant store-room of narcotics?

The dispensers are in place to control, monitor, and in-theory lock all that shiat down.

/Mom was a nurse
//Ex also
///Different people


Wife is a nurse also.... pretty sure the next PYXIS machines will require a DNA sample and a hard credit score pull from the nurses...

/meanwhile, in Police stations everywhere, there probably literally IS just a key to a room full of narcotics.
 
2021-06-18 8:56:48 AM  
Imagine putting in a $20 for an Oxy and watching the little pack reach the end of the hook AND NOT FALL!

Similar thing happened to me yesterday with a Monster Energy drink and the vending machine with the robot arm the goes up and grabs it off the shelf.  Everything worked fine but the little door wouldn't open.  Tried to turn, click...Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... I flipped it off Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click... Tried to turn, click...

Walked by later and the machine was restocked.
 
2021-06-18 8:56:57 AM  
Is there anyone not on drugs in Altoona?
 
2021-06-18 8:57:03 AM  

steklo: Meanwhile in the nurse's break room...

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I confess, I winced when I saw that...but after around ten second I realized I don't really care because I'm one of those people who eat those candies one candy at a time...sucking all the flavorful coloring off, THEN finally biting and enjoying the chocolate inside.

/not much of a skittles guy, NTTAWWT
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-18 8:57:16 AM  

Resident Muslim: Seriously, walk up to an Arabic guy and during conversation drop "Al-computer" or "Al-mobile" and see their reaction.

/disclaimer, doesn't always work


I have a Lebanese buddy who would always ask people "what's 40 feet plus 40 feet", and laugh his ass off at the answer. I've never been able to confirm cuz I have no way how to begin translating the phonetic spelling of English "80 feet" into Arabic. Care to comment?

/Serious but not
 
2021-06-18 8:57:17 AM  

Parthenogenetic: I guess I'll be 'that guy'

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Also the mobile ones that are like a cash register on wheels so the unlock happens only at patient bedside.
 
2021-06-18 8:57:37 AM  

Parthenogenetic: I guess I'll be 'that guy'

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Saved me from having to do it.
 
2021-06-18 8:57:45 AM  

Parthenogenetic: I guess I'll be 'that guy'

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I was gonna say...

Didn't know the name of them, but I've seen them around hospitals and almost all medication comes dispensed from a machine like this in hospitals.
 
2021-06-18 8:59:56 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: Imagine putting in a $20 for an Oxy and watching the little pack reach the end of the hook AND NOT FALL!


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2021-06-18 9:01:22 AM  

Resident Muslim: steklo: Meanwhile in the nurse's break room...

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I confess, I winced when I saw that...but after around ten second I realized I don't really care because I'm one of those people who eat those candies one candy at a time...sucking all the flavorful coloring off, THEN finally biting and enjoying the chocolate inside.

/not much of a skittles guy, NTTAWWT


Actually I am pretty set in my ways when it comes to chocolate....I prefer Hershey's over Mars (M&M) but I would never kick a Snickers out of my bed....

have you tried the new Snickers?  It's made with Chocolate Brownie....
 
2021-06-18 9:04:25 AM  

151: Yes. There are dispensers. You think it's the 80s and all the nurses have keys to a giant store-room of narcotics?

The dispensers are in place to control, monitor, and in-theory lock all that shiat down.


Believe it or not, a lot of nursing homes are still doing it the old fashioned way, with a lockbox and a paper and pen book, witnessed sign offs and hand offs, etc.

/nurse
//Used to work psych, geriatric psych.
///Now a School Nurse for ASD kids.
 
2021-06-18 9:06:58 AM  
And how shiatty must it be to come out of surgery and be in a shiat load of pain and no one does anything as the nurse says "we already gave you as much pain medicine as we can. You're obviously being a baby."?
Just so the nurse can get high/sell them.
 
2021-06-18 9:08:21 AM  
I am a nurse.  It is not uncommon for nurses to be found stealing drugs.  While narcs are definitely up there... One of the most frequent drugs reported stolen is actually Adderall.
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-18 9:08:31 AM  

Hallows_Eve: 151: Yes. There are dispensers. You think it's the 80s and all the nurses have keys to a giant store-room of narcotics?

The dispensers are in place to control, monitor, and in-theory lock all that shiat down.

Believe it or not, a lot of nursing homes are still doing it the old fashioned way, with a lockbox and a paper and pen book, witnessed sign offs and hand offs, etc.

/nurse
//Used to work psych, geriatric psych.
///Now a School Nurse for ASD kids.


Hmmm interesting. My dad is in assisted living, guess I never paid much attention to how they administer his meds, nurse knocks on door, gives him meds, leaves. He doesn't need anything more serious than blood pressure/cholesterol/regular old people meds though. Now I'm curious how they do it at his place...
 
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2021-06-18 9:09:31 AM  
Not sure what oxycodone looks like but vitamin D is pretty obvious. Why would you use that to substitute?
 
2021-06-18 9:10:35 AM  

justanothersumguy: I am a nurse.  It is not uncommon for nurses to be found stealing drugs.  While narcs are definitely up there... One of the most frequent drugs reported stolen is actually Adderall.


For a brief, tiny moment there, I thought you were going to write "viagra".

I can see the adderall being abused by hospital staff. For sure.
 
2021-06-18 9:10:59 AM  
Something isn't right in this picture. Vitamin D looks completely different than Oxycodone, or any other pain medicine. Either other people were in on it or nobody is paying attention.
 
2021-06-18 9:11:15 AM  
Seems to me it should have been pretty damn obvious that those weren't Oxycodone pills to the nurse handing them out to patients.
 
2021-06-18 9:11:25 AM  
oh by the way...3 words...


SUPPLY AND DEMAND
 
2021-06-18 9:12:40 AM  

Resident Muslim: Ker_Thwap: Did someone say Altoona?

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Altoona is Arabic for "The Tuna".


Not to be confused with the spanish el tuna.
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-18 9:14:00 AM  

MythDragon: And how shiatty must it be to come out of surgery and be in a shiat load of pain and no one does anything as the nurse says "we already gave you as much pain medicine as we can. You're obviously being a baby."?
Just so the nurse can get high/sell them.


Ugh, didn't even think of that. I had surgery way back when after breaking my leg and ankle, they gave me morphine. It did absolutely nothing for the pain (though other opioids did, I later found out). Exact same thing you just said "we can't give you any more...". My mom slipped me a... Something, can't remember what, not OTC but nothing serious, Tylenol 3 type of thing. Pain went from a 30/10 to an 8/10 and I actually was able to sleep.

Obviously that wasn't the case for me here, since it was IV (shiat, at least hopefully not), but just saying YEAH THAT WOULD REALLY REALLY SUCK.
 
2021-06-18 9:14:07 AM  

steklo: justanothersumguy: I am a nurse.  It is not uncommon for nurses to be found stealing drugs.  While narcs are definitely up there... One of the most frequent drugs reported stolen is actually Adderall.

For a brief, tiny moment there, I thought you were going to write "viagra".

I can see the adderall being abused by hospital staff. For sure.


We do not carry Viagra in the Pyxis. I mean, I never looked, I'm just guessing. I'm a 56 year old man, I don't need that! Why would I even think to check? In fact, I don't even know what you're talking about. You know what, YOU need Viagra, not me, buddy! fark off!
 
2021-06-18 9:14:22 AM  

Fizpez: Wife is a nurse also.... pretty sure the next PYXIS machines will require a DNA sample and a hard credit score pull from the nurses...

/meanwhile, in Police stations everywhere, there probably literally IS just a key to a room full of narcotics.


Many of the big city hospitals have cameras all over the med room, inside the machine, or both.

Here, the fact that something or someone called the police to the specific floor three times in a couple of days- have to wonder if that is an automatic thing from the machine (many can do that, but usually the call goes to pharmacy or nursing super) or if that was the policy, like "if broken call 911".

If it is the latter, how bad does a problem like that have to be that its the procedure?

/NY girl with relatives in Altoona
//there's been a big drug problem there for about a decade
 
2021-06-18 9:16:39 AM  

Resident Muslim: Ker_Thwap: Did someone say Altoona?

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Altoona is Arabic for "The Tuna".


user name check out hilariously.
 
2021-06-18 9:16:49 AM  

steklo: Meanwhile in the nurse's break room...

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Forget the Reese's Pieces.

Yes, I've done that.
 
2021-06-18 9:19:03 AM  

BizarreMan: Seems to me it should have been pretty damn obvious that those weren't Oxycodone pills to the nurse handing them out to patients.


Round white tablet vs round white tablet?

They could add a step in the machine where you scan the bar code of the stock bottle when filling the dispenser, then when it's dispensed it shows a picture of the tablet. It'd be similar to what we do at work when I fill a prescription and the pharmacist verifies it.
 
2021-06-18 9:19:24 AM  

151: Resident Muslim: Seriously, walk up to an Arabic guy and during conversation drop "Al-computer" or "Al-mobile" and see their reaction.

/disclaimer, doesn't always work

I have a Lebanese buddy who would always ask people "what's 40 feet plus 40 feet", and laugh his ass off at the answer. I've never been able to confirm cuz I have no way how to begin translating the phonetic spelling of English "80 feet" into Arabic. Care to comment?

/Serious but not


Are you sure it wasn't "What's 5Q plus 5Q?"
 
2021-06-18 9:20:00 AM  

151: Hallows_Eve: 151: Yes. There are dispensers. You think it's the 80s and all the nurses have keys to a giant store-room of narcotics?

The dispensers are in place to control, monitor, and in-theory lock all that shiat down.

Believe it or not, a lot of nursing homes are still doing it the old fashioned way, with a lockbox and a paper and pen book, witnessed sign offs and hand offs, etc.

/nurse
//Used to work psych, geriatric psych.
///Now a School Nurse for ASD kids.

Hmmm interesting. My dad is in assisted living, guess I never paid much attention to how they administer his meds, nurse knocks on door, gives him meds, leaves. He doesn't need anything more serious than blood pressure/cholesterol/regular old people meds though. Now I'm curious how they do it at his place...


State and whether its a big city or small town will make a difference. Also whether state run or private, medicade reliant or rich-ish clients, etc.

All are sort of pressured to keep costs low, it's just how they do it (or maximizing profits) that vary. If it's cheaper to not have computers, or ones with lock mechanisms and have the nurses chart on paper or with one computer at the end of the shift, they will do it, for the same reason as only getting the most generic cleaning, bathing, and medical supplies. ESPECIALLY if one lives in an area where staff ratio is regulated. If they have to have extra staff, you can bet that cuts are made elsewhere.
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-18 9:21:20 AM  

Resident Muslim: 151: Resident Muslim: Seriously, walk up to an Arabic guy and during conversation drop "Al-computer" or "Al-mobile" and see their reaction.

/disclaimer, doesn't always work

I have a Lebanese buddy who would always ask people "what's 40 feet plus 40 feet", and laugh his ass off at the answer. I've never been able to confirm cuz I have no way how to begin translating the phonetic spelling of English "80 feet" into Arabic. Care to comment?

/Serious but not

Are you sure it wasn't "What's 5Q plus 5Q?"


Pretty sure? I think "eh tee feet" (best I can do, sorry), is supposed to mean something like "suck my...etc"

Maybe he was just trolling us white folks.
 
2021-06-18 9:22:59 AM  
I mean, I've heard people talk about how doctors hand that sh*t out like candy but an actual vending machine?

Truly, we live in strange days.
 
2021-06-18 9:23:52 AM  

Parthenogenetic: I guess I'll be 'that guy'

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Anyone who watched Nurse Jackie knows about this.
 
2021-06-18 9:24:19 AM  

justanothersumguy: I am a nurse.  It is not uncommon for nurses to be found stealing drugs.  While narcs are definitely up there... One of the most frequent drugs reported stolen is actually Adderall.


Also Ativan and Clonidine. Especially on the detox floors.
 
2021-06-18 9:24:44 AM  

steklo: Meanwhile in the nurse's break room...

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You really mix it up by adding Reese's Pieces.
 
2021-06-18 9:26:10 AM  

Parthenogenetic: I guess I'll be 'that guy'

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The Jetsons had a FoodaRackaCycle. In my Hemo&Chemo Infusion Lab, we have the DrugaRackaCycle. Thanks for being That Guy! Instead of waiting for the Pharmacy to schlep the drugs to the Infusion Lab, it was loaded for all scheduled patients for the day. I sat in the chair for my 0900 appt, Nurse went to the machine, slid her card, got my drugs, gave me my shots in my gut & my butt, gave me a bottle of water & my 14 pills, some fig newtons to eat with, and monitored me the requisite 15 mins. Less than 30 mins.

I'm lucky to live in such an age. When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma & bladder cancer in Dec, 2016, my initial prognosis was 8 months. Thanks to the VA, I'm still here.

Btw: the VA just refunded my copay for bladder surgery last Nov, 2020: $402, which included 2 weeks in hospital. All my copays from April 2020 to September 2021 are being refunded, including Rx copays. The refunds arrive sporadically but I have to do no paperwork. I had two other surgeries during that period.
 
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