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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2019

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1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 1 9 T here's a lot to consid- er when managing medica- tions, from proper label- ing and disposal to dif- ferentiating doses and preventing diversion, but protecting patients and staff from drug-related harm is an essential part of your job. Answer these 10 questions to find out if you're up to the task. 1. It's permissible to keep drawn up medications in syringes for up to a maximum of ___ hours. a. 1 c. 3 b. 2 d. 4 Answer: a The standard noted in medication safety guidelines from reputable institu- tions maintains that drugs drawn in syringes may be retained for up to 1 hour. Additionally, syringes loaded with drugs are to be completely expelled and must never be carried over from one day to the next. Remember, there Sheldon S. Sones, RPh, FASCP | Newington, Conn. What's Your Medication Safety IQ? Take this short quiz to test your knowledge of drug security, storage and administration. • CHECK, PLEASE Always confirm that the right medication is being administered at the right dose to the right patient. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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