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18 February

Nursing Bag Technique - Advanced Step-by-Step Guide

It is essential for every nurse to know about the bag technique. It is a technique which allows nurses to easily perform nursing procedures and duties to a patient. Typically, a nursing bag is used by those individuals who are assigned duty of visiting a patient's home. The visiting staff transport all the tools and equipment required to perform nursing procedures in the bag. It is also called as a medical or supply bag.

For decades, it is considered as a crucial part of home care visiting staff. From aides to nurses and therapists, all have their respective nursing bags whenever they are assigned home care duties. When we talk about nursing bag technique, there are normally two things associated with it -

  1. Stocking a nursing bag
  2. Cleaning a nursing bag

In this article, we have briefly explained the nursing bag technique and have covered the step by step guide of the two important parts of this technique.

Part 1 - Stocking your nursing bag

It is essential to ensure that you have kept all crucial equipment in the medical bag. Nothing could be worse than finding out after visiting the desired location that you have left something important. Before proceeding, buy a nursing bag or organizer which is sturdy enough to last a long time. This is something you would not be willing to invest in every now and then. Apart from this, make sure that the bag can be easily maintained as and when required.

Now, coming to the equipment it should have, we have created a list of equipment that should be in your nursing bag:

  • -      Stethoscope
  • -      Paper lining
  • -      Extra paper for making waste bag
  • -      Plastic/linen lining
  • -      Apron
  • -      Hand towel
  • -      Disposable syringes with needles (g. 23 & 25)
  • -      Hypodermic needles (g. 19, 22, 23, 25)
  • -      Sterile dressing
  • -      Cotton balls
  • -      Cord clamp
  • -      Blood pressure cuff
  • -      Thermometer
  • -      Nursing scissors and tape
  • -     Hand sanitizer
  • -     Gloves
  • -     Medical Books
  • -     Pens and papers
  • -     Clipboard
  • -     Solutions of:
  • -      Betadine
    • 70% alcohol
    • Zephiran solution
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Spirit of ammnonia
    • Ophthalmic ointment
    • Acetic acid
    • Benedict's solution

Part 2 - Cleaning your nursing bag

It is recommended to clean and disinfect a nursing bag at least once a day. Before you go on your daily visits, try to clean it entirely and not just in patches. First, remove all the content within the bag in a container and disinfect it using a solution. Then, inspect the bag to see if there are any wear on it or not. Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of the bag to ensure that it is disinfected. Once done, wash your hands. Restock your nursing bag with the clean equipment. You are all set to go!