What comes home in the pocket of your scrubs?

  1. As I was sorting laundry today, I found 5 rolls of tape, 9 pens, 2pairs of clean gloves, a NS flush, a 10 cc syringe, and about 100 alcohol preps

    Does anyone else end up with all of this in a week??

    I promise I will take it all back on Friday.......
  2. Poll: What's in the pockets of your scrubs when you get home?

    • Nothing, I religiously empty my pockets

      18.87% 10
    • a couple of pens

      1.89% 1
    • somes pens and some tape

      0% 0
    • alcohol prep pads

      13.21% 7
    • pens, tape, and alcohol preps

      39.62% 21
    • so much stuff I'm affecting my facility's budget

      26.42% 14
    53 Votes
  3. 28 Comments

  4. by   RNinICU
    I buy my own pens, won't use those cheap things the hospital supplies. But I usually have a pretty wide variety of other supplies. I just looked in my warm-up jacket pocket. I have tape, bandaids, gauze, alcohol wipes, a pad of post-it notes, IV connectors, a vial of saline, an ammonia capsule, a couple of packets of surgilube, and two caps from syringes. I could start my own store.
  5. by   vettech
    I have a nasty habit of re-capping then pocketing syringes after giving injections. As I work with animals, the risk of infection is very low. However, I also have a nasty habit of getting pulled over for speeding. I've had to explain my syringes a few times (after being searhced, the car searched, even had a drug dog come take a sniff once). I also pocket the bandage tape and the suture scissors far too often as well.
  6. by   RNonsense
    Ahhhhhh...after taking the narcotic keys home a few too many times...I always check my pockets now.
  7. by   adrienurse
    I once went home with the panic button from work.

    I'm pretty religious about always emptying my pockets before I leave work, but occasionally I'll put latex gloves or lip balm through the wash.
  8. by   Ted
    The Pay Check! ! !

    Always put it in my scubs pocket. . . along with the alcohol swabs, scissors, and even a Texas catheter (once. . . . by mistake. . . really! )


  9. by   RN-PA
    I also empty my pockets into a bag I carry with me (and refill my pockets with all the stuff next time I work) also for fear of taking narc keys home. The only thing that goes through the wash is the odd IV or needle cap. Worst thing I sent throgh the wash was a packet of Pepto Bismol Tablets that broke open and bled pink all over a load of mostly white uniforms. I think rubbing alcohol got much of the stains out, thank goodness.
  10. by   NurseShell
    alcohol wipes, tape, IV connectors, "needleless cannulas", IV bag caps, needle caps, rubber bands, paper clips. gloves...
  11. by   emily_mom
    All of the above.... Many times my husband will ask, "what in the h*** is that?"
    Look which choice is winning!
  13. by   plumrn
    I also went home with the narcotic keys once. Had to drive all the way back to work with them. Now, I empty my pockets before I leave.
  14. by   warrior woman
    i once went home with the facilities glucometer!!! of course i returned it forthwith!! ww. :imbar
  15. by   deespoohbear
    originally posted by rn-pa
    worst thing i sent throgh the wash was a packet of pepto bismol tablets that broke open and bled pink all over a load of mostly white uniforms. i think rubbing alcohol got much of the stains out, thank goodness.

    oh, i bet that was a mess!! :d

    i have washed an ink pen or so through the wash!! nothing like trying to get ink out of white pants/shirts.