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 What do you do with spilled pills? 
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Post What do you do with spilled pills?
This week Coy somehow managed to knock my weekly pill box to the floor with enough force that the entire contents spilled. Sigh. A week's worth of my pills is about $250.

I don't eat crackers or candies or any food that has fallen to the floor. And I can remember my cake decorating instructor saying emphatically, "From the floor to the sink! Do not reuse a tip that has fallen to the floor. And blowing on it will not sanitize it!" :P My motto has always been "From the floor to the sink (or trash can)."

Hmmm ...

What do you do with a pill that drops to the floor?

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:08 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
You're kidding, right? Unless they fell into water or your floors are a lot dirtier than mine, I'd pick them up and put them back into the bottle. They are dry and not a medium for bacterial growth.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:15 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
Nope. Not kidding. Thank you for your reassurance.

I know that a clean dry metal decorating tip is not a good medium for bateria growth, either, but I would not use one that has dropped on the floor. Just strong (if irrational) training, I guess.

Remember the 5-second rule, or the 10-second rule, or whatever the urban legend was in your area? A researcher in Wisconsin set about to test how long it took before a dropped item (a moist item, I think, but I don't have access to the study) became contaminated. It made a little blurb in the paper because the results were somewhat surprising. She used an area of floor in front of high-use vending machines, after hours but before the cleaning crew arrived. She found that when bacteria latched on to the item it did so virtually instantaneously. Forget the 5 or 10-second rule. But the really surprising part was that the rate of picking up bateria was extremely low. Robin would be appalled at this hearsay reporting and I wish I'd kept that little article, but it stuck in my memory.

And a story I like about this subject is the dinner party given by a woman who had hired a helper for the occasion. As the woman brought the magnificent roast from the kitchen, she tripped on the threshold and the roast landed on the floor. Guests gasped. The quick-thinking hostess said, "Return that to the kitchen, Gladys, and I'll be in to help you get the backup roast ready to serve." :lol:

Guess I'll use the pills.

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:35 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
I wouldn't use a cake decoration tip that had been on the floor, either. It would be used to ice cakes, transferring bacteria to a growth medium.

Note: I've heard the same story but it was a turkey that time. :lol: The dish, not the story.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:36 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
Funny Jeanne - I just dropped some prescription meds on my kitchen floor this morning. They went back in the bottle, except for the one I took and so far, I'm still alive and healthy! LOL

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:48 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
It would be different in a public place or outdoors. But this is your home and, Jeanne, I imagine your floors are pretty clean! :P

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:01 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
LTCVT wrote:
so far, I'm still alive and healthy! LOL


I think of all the toddlers I've seen pick up their pacifier off a department store or restaurant floor and stick it back into their mouths and I shudder. (I was glad my son sucked his thumb.) I'll bet that most of them are still alive and healthy, too. (And that perhaps a few of them had upset tummies along the way ...)

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:06 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
Some time in the last year, I think it was on the show Myth Busters on tv, they did a study of "the 5 second rule" and dropped all sorts of stuff on floors for various amounts of time. I seem to remember their discovering how true the 5 second rule really is, and it seems like one of the things they dropped was a ham sandwich. Did anyone else see this show?
I notice that Pat didn't tell ME that my floor was probably be very clean. Right now, it is actually way overdue for a washing! LOL Lynn

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:27 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
Lynn, it is my understanding that you have a housekeeper! 8)

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:50 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
Oh, you are really making me laugh now! If I do, the person is not doing a very good job! Perhaps tomorrow Cinderella will take care of it. :lol:

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:57 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
LTCVT wrote:
Oh, you are really making me laugh now! If I do, the person is not doing a very good job! Perhaps tomorrow Cinderella will take care of it. :lol:
Nah! She's already run off with Prince Charming! :lol:

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:00 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
Then what's the chance I can get one or both of my kids to do this? Hmmmmm..... would I be satisfied with the results if they did? :P

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:04 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
Our former dog, Daisy, used to do a pretty fair job in the kitchen! :lol:

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:16 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
it looks like you ladies have figured this out already.. :lol: :lol:

ive dropped a few gazillion and if the floor is dry.. i pick them up wipe them off and take them...or put them in the pill box and we are all still kicking... :wink:

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Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:59 pm
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Post Re: What do you do with spilled pills?
My kitchen floor now has an added layer of very clean oatmeal/choc. chip cookie crumbs on it. I think those are supposed to be particularly sanitary, right?
Guess it's time to clean up! Lynn

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