Procedure for Disposing of Medication
1.Obtain consent from the client/appropriate person
2.Medicines awaiting disposal should be stored separately to avoid accidental administration
3.For medication in Tablet form:
a)Put in a sealed envelope
b)On envelope write name of client, name of medication, dose of medication, time/date wasted, reason wasted and signature of staff member.
c)Store envelope safely to avoid misuse and theft, until it can be returned
d)If the medication was accidently dropped and came from a monitored dose system, a future dose should be taken from the end of the pack and replacement medication obtained from the pharmacy
- For medication in Liquid form:
a)If in a syringe, leave in the syringe and place in a sealed container or box.
b)If in a measuring cup, pour into a sealed container such as a jar or bottle.
c)Record information; name of client, name of medication, dose of medication, time/date wasted, reason wasted and signature of staff member on a label.
4.Where possible clients are supported to return unused medication to the pharmacist who dispatched it. In some cases the pharmacist will collect it
5.If it is part of the support plan and the pharmacist won’t collect, staff should seek consent from the client or appropriate person and return the medication to the dispensing pharmacy
6.Details of the disposal should be made on the ‘Record of Ordering, Collection/ Delivery or Disposal of Medication’ form
Disposing of Equipment
- Monitored dose systems must be returned to the pharmacist.
- infusion lines, needles, syringe and glass ampoules should be disposed of as clinical waste
- needles and glass ampoules should be placed in sharps bins
- PPE can be disposed of in house hold waste
Use to answer question 13.5iii of the Care Certificate