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privacy issues re. those individual med packs

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I've been a camp nurse for 4 years but this is the first time I've had a camper whose meds are individually packaged (https://www.campmeds.com/). I know some camps require such a thing, but mine doesn't. I have privacy concerns when throwing this kid's med packet in the trash since she takes some psych meds.....How do others deal with this?

Thanks and wishing everyone a good, healthy summer!

annie.rn

Has 21 years experience.

I'm not a camp nurse but I run into a similar problem in the hospital with pt.'s meds that are sent from pharmacy in a ziplock w/ a label affixed that contains the pt. 's info. The labels are almost always impossible to peel off. Here's some thoughts:

A.) Is there a locked box for depositing papers w/ sensitive info.? In the main office perhaps? You could put all the wrappers in there.

B.) Do you have access to a shredder? You could run them through a shredder. If you taped them to a piece of paper it would make them easier/quicker to shred.

B.) Easiest way: black out the information w/ a black Sharpie as long as you can get it dark enough to obscure the information. Make sure it can't be smudged off. You can then throw in the regular trash.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

They also sell those little inky roller thingies that blot out info. I use them for when I throw out my own med bottles at home.

Thank you both for responding! I asked the arts and crafts director to switch my red sharpie for a black one, as that seems like the easiest way to go this. Really appreciate the help!