Who may witness medication waste

  1. What are the rules regarding having someone witness wasting if controlled substances? I thought it has to be a medically licensed person but my employer is saying it can be anyone, including the patient. Obviously it is a paper log and not a pyxis. I can't find a law citing the anwer online. Anyone know? Thanks!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   chare
    At my facility, with limited exception, all waste must be witnessed by a licensed nurse, pharmacist, or physician.
  4. by   klone
    I don't know if it's a law so much as a facility policy.
  5. by   soutthpaw
    Get your facility policy in writing and follow that.
  6. by   JKL33
    There's no way in hades I would involve non-licensed personnel or patients/family members, etc. in confirming my appropriate handling of controlled substances. For all practical purposes that's about as good as having no witness at all.
  7. by   Cat365
    Though this does raise questions in my mind about facilities that only have one liscensed person on a floor. I'm thinking night shift long term care. I wonder what they do?

    As an above poster stated though I think its policy not law.
  8. by   BBP42
    Re: Night shift long term care, we lock up the waste and waste with the person we count narcs with who is taking over in the AM where I worked
  9. by   Accolay
    Depends on your employer policy. Where I work, it has to be another RN for both omnicell/pyxis chariting, paper narc log charting or EPIC charting. Actually, I'd have to check the written policy...it may very well be another licensed professional, but I can't ever see wasting with pharmacists or doctors.

    Agree that I would never let a patient observe their own waste. That's ridiculous.

    Would definitely get your employer policy in writing cause if or when the shoe drops, watch how that ambiguous policy changes.

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