It's amazing how often guiac bottles are stolen and hard to find. The 1-2 times a year I need one (always before giving TPA) It takes forever to find one.
Haha! I HOARDED those during residency. Also the little lidocaine bottles that came in the LP kits (for when you needed one for a line or something, and didn't have time to wait for an order from pharmacy). In one of the hospitals I worked in during residency, they stopped allowing the guaiac developer on the floors because they wanted the cards sent into the lab to have them "officially" read. It would take hours or the next day at nighttime. Can you imagine? I was VERY popular there, with my personal stash :)
ok, taking notes so I can be popular in residency:"note to self, hoard poop tests"
When I was on GI, my pockets were always filled with lubricant, gloves, and guiac bottles/cards. I can't say I was sad to see the end of that rotation.
According to our supply folks, "hoarding" of developer became a serious problem on my unit. So instead of sending us a bottle to keep here, they now send each guaiac card with its own teeny eyedropper containing 0.5 ml of the fluid. Of course those droppers always leak or dry out. So we still use a bottle of developer, and now it's even more jealously guarded because supply won't send us a new one.
I just finished my lab rotation in the Micro department for Med Tech school...I read so many of those damn tests, and I always thought it was ridiculous that we made them send the cards to the lab to be read...I mean, really? A monkey could totally do it.
^Not implying that nurses or anyone else is a monkey...just saying that if the hospital is going to make the cards be sent to the lab where a lowly Med Tech student like myself can read them, then surely a floor nurse or someone who has probably had more experience than I would do just fine at reading it. And the turn around time was ridiculous.