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Veterinarian Technician February 2011 (Vol 32, No 2)

Tech Tips

    Injection-Port Caps

    The caps of certain safety syringes fit perfectly over most IV extension-set injection ports. Just remove the cap when giving an injection, and replace it when you are done. This keeps the ports clean and dry, especially when a patient is vomiting and/or has diarrhea.

    Laurie Holm, BS, RVT, CVT
    Tucson, Arizona

    Syringe Caps to Go

    We use the caps of certain safety syringes to cap oral medications that are sent home in syringes. The caps must be cut to a little shorter than half to make them fit.

    Sandra Szalkiewicz, CVT
    Wauconda, Illinois

    Mixing Medications

    To help mix medications, we taped a syringe case that holds a 12-cc syringe next to the sink. We use the syringe repeatedly for adding milliliters of water to medications that require it. I poked a small hole in the bottom of the case to allow it to drain.

    Anita Hietpas
    Kaukauna, Wisconsin

    Courtesy Reading Glasses

    To aid nearsighted clients at the front counter, we provide courtesy reading glasses in different strengths. Our senior clients are very grateful for this.

    Julie Squibb
    Lively, Ontario, Canada

    Drug Logs

    Our drug logs are kept in an Excel spreadsheet on a computer in our treatment area. The spreadsheet tabulates information for each controlled drug in our hospital, including pills, injectables, and patches. After each drug container is empty, we print a hard copy to keep in our log binder.

    Amber Kurtz
    VCA Woodland East Animal Hospital
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

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