Properly Dispose Of Medication

Hospitals have strict policies that govern how unused medications and supplies used to administer medication are handled. Here are steps typically found in hospital policies.

• Discard needles and syringes in an appropriate container that prevents others from receiving a needle prick.

• Dispose of medication in the sink or toilet and not in the trash.

• Return controlled substances to the pharmacy.

• Dispose of controlled substances in the presence of another licensed healthcare worker who will sign as a witness to the disposal.

• Discard unused solutions from ampules before discarding the ampule.

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