Narcotic drips on transfer

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Saduf Ashfaq
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Narcotic drips on transfer

Hello everyone,

Does anyone have any policies/procedures/standard work for what to do with narcotic drips on transfer and how/where to document?

When a patient is transferred IN, do you dispose of the prior bag and hang your own bag? How do you document that disposal?

When a patient is transferred OUT, does the drip go with the patient?

We had some questions arise when a patient was transferred OUT of our ICU and EMS said they had to use the bag we already had running b/c they didn't have their own. But then questions came up on how to document this and how would EMS know what the order is since we don't exactly give them printouts of the drip order...

I've never really thought about what happens on transfer so wondering what other sites are doing...

Thanks in advance!