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Best Practices for Managing Medical Equipment and Supplies Stored in a Vehicle

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000282
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Best Practices for Managing Medical Equipment and Supplies Stored in a Vehicle


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To provide guidelines and best practices for the proper methods of managing and storing patient care supplies and regulated medical waste in a home care clinician's personal vehicle.


After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to:

  1. Identify best practices for managing and storing patient care supplies and equipment in the home healthcare environment.
  2. Recognize best practices for handling and transporting infectious waste in a personal vehicle.
  1. A product's time-related shelf life ends when the
    1. manufacturer's expiration date arrives.
    2. patient no longer needs the product.
    3. product becomes contaminated.
  2. A product's event-related shelf life ends when the
    1. manufacturer's expiration date arrives.
    2. patient no longer needs the product.
    3. product becomes contaminated.
  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that home health care nurses store medical supplies in
    1. a locked metal box.
    2. a well-ventilated area.
    3. an area hidden from view.
  4. Nurses can safely protect the medical supplies they store in the trunk of their vehicle by placing them in a
    1. milk crate.
    2. cardboard box.
    3. covered plastic container.
  5. Nurses can determine when a liquid alcohol-based hand hygiene product has been exposed to high temperatures because the
    1. container will swell.
    2. product will discolor.
    3. product will solidify.
  6. Nurses can determine when gloves were exposed to temperature and humidity extremes because the gloves will
    1. melt.
    2. disintegrate.
    3. stick together.
  7. To promote frequent stock rotation, nurses should store products and supplies
    1. in one large container or box.
    2. individually in the trunk.
    3. in minimal quantities.
  8. To shorten products' exposure time to temperature extremes, nurses should keep them mainly in the
    1. nursing bag.
    2. trunk of the vehicle.
    3. passenger compartment of the vehicle.
  9. The author suggest inspecting the supplies nurses store in their vehicle
    1. weekly.
    2. monthly.
    3. quarterly.
  10. According to the author, nurses should clean vehicle storage containers
    1. with soap and water.
    2. when visibly soiled.
    3. periodically, at the same time the stock of supplies is checked.
  11. When removing dedicated vital sign equipment from a patient's home, nurses should first
    1. place it in a plastic bag.
    2. clean it with disinfectant.
    3. place it in a covered container.
  12. Nurses should place blood soaked, saturated dressing materials in a
    1. household trash bag.
    2. red biohazard bag.
    3. a standard zipper-lock bag.
  13. How should nurses handle “in-use” sharps containers?
    1. Empty them when they are one-third full.
    2. Dispose of them in a metal trash receptacle.
    3. Keep them closed at all times during transport.
  14. How should nurses handle peritoneal fluid they remove from a patient in the home?
    1. Flush it down the patient's toilet.
    2. Mix it with bleach and pour it into a sink.
    3. Remove it from the home in a sealed plastic container.
  15. If nurses suspect a bed bug infestation in a patient's home, they should place their nursing bag in their vehicle in
    1. a large plastic trash bag with ties.
    2. an open plastic container with high sides.
    3. the trunk on top of a plastic barrier, such as a mat.


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