Pharmaceutical Waste in Long Term Care

Senior care nurses have busy workdays caring for elderly residents and maintaining proper records.  Maintaining a proper chain of custody of pharmaceuticals, especially controlled substances, is one of the most important tasks of nurses in any environment, including long term care (LTC).  It is critical to dispose of pharmaceuticals properly …

EMS and Pharmaceutical Waste

Emergency medical services (EMS) providers such as ambulance agencies have a great responsibility to take quick action during times of medical emergency.  This may include administering a controlled substance in the course of providing emergency medical care to save a life.  While administering emergency medication is part of the job, …

Effective Jail Medication Administration Policy Starts in the Med Room

Many unique challenges face nurses working in correctional facilities with medication administration identified as a specialized field in correctional nursing. Many nurses who are new to working in a jail or correctional facility setting are unprepared for the breadth and scope of their responsibilities in managing medication delivery, administration and …

What Is Considered Non-Regulated Pharmaceutical Waste?

All controlled substances and hazardous pharmaceutical waste must be disposed of properly according to federal regulations.  Non-Regulated pharmaceutical waste that may be considered non-hazardous is a bit of a misnomer, as any pharmaceutical waste can be harmful to the environment or to people if used other than as intended.  A …

What are the Major Types of Medical Waste?

Medical waste and the proper disposal of such waste is one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare providers today.  Concerns exist with meeting all federal regulations for proper medical waste disposal as well as epidemiology, HIPAA and potential civil litigation.  Types of medical waste includes a wide variety of items …

Challenges Facing Pharmaceutical Waste Management in Healthcare

The healthcare industry has been faced with confusing regulations regarding pharmaceutical waste management for more than a decade.  Drug disposal regulations can vary from state to state and greatly impact compliance.  Healthcare workers and nursing staff are focused on treating patients and are juggling multiple priorities. Maintaining compliance is challenging …

Best Practices for CS Waste in ER Setting: CSDPP Core Elements

Drug diversion in health care systems is a serious issue in both the United States and Canada.  According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, the US and Canada are the two highest consumers of opioids worldwide per-capita.  Opioids and other controlled substances are diverted from healthcare facilities for nonmedical use …

Proper Handling of Propofol Waste: Disposal in Anesthesia Setting

Propofol, also known under the brand name of Diprivan, is a sedative used primarily in operating rooms to relax and sedate patients prior to invasive, surgical procedures.  Propofol is used as a supplement to general anesthetics, although is not currently listed as a controlled substance with the same DEA regulations …