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Archive July 2016 XVII, No. 7

Ideas That Work: Don't Store Locks in Code Carts

code cart LOCK GUARD Code cart locks should be under the direct control of the clinical director or PACU supervisor.

Don't Store Locks in Code Carts

Do you store code cart locks in a cart drawer? Not a good idea. Here's why. Someone who needs a drug could enter an unlocked cart, fail to replenish what she took and inadvertently relock the cart. Unlocked carts could also lead to undetected abuse. Supervisors should have control of the locks and be made aware of the need to replace them.

Sheldon S. Sones, RPh, FASCP
Safe Medication Management for Healthcare Providers
Newington, Conn.
shelsones@aol.com

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