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LOCATION OF DOCUMENTS

Have standard operating procedures for the purchase, storage, recording, use, near misses and incidents of scheduled poisons been documented for your area?

Are standard operating procedures for your area available to relevant staff to use as a reference document?

Are records being kept in relation to the purchase of scheduled poisons as per the DCH poisons control plan?

SECURITY

Has there been misappropriation of scheduled poisons by external (eg. burglars) or internal (eg. staff, contractors) individuals.

SCHEDULE 8 POISONS

Have S8 poisons been stored in a locked drug safe with key retained in a combination lock key safe?

Besides medical practitioners, registered nurses and the Manager of Clinical Programs, Service Access and Health Information, has anyone else been given the key safe combination?

SCHEDULE 4 POISONS

Are S4 poisons kept locked to prevent unauthorised persons' access at all times except when it is necessary to open it to carry out essential operations as per the DCH poisons control plan?

Has there been unauthorised access of S4 poisons?

SPECIAL STORAGE FACILITIES

Have emergency drugs stored on crash carts been accessed by unauthorised individuals?

ADMINISTRATION BY A NURSE

Were S4 and/or S8 poisons administered by a nurse in accordance with regulation 47?

RECORDS OF PREPARATION, USE, TRANSFER WITHIN AND BETWEEN PREMISES, ADMINISTRATION AND DISPOSAL OF S4, 8 OR 9 POISONS

Are records being kept for at least 3 years as per the DCH poisons control plan?

Are records for S8 poisons being validated ie. recorded and checked by two staff members?

STAFF TRAINING

How have staff who have access to permitted scheduled poisons been trained on the standard operating procedure for their discipline?

Have any staff reported the detection of misappropriation of scheduled poisons?

Were any incidents reported in accordance with the DCH Incident Reporting Policy and Procedure?

SUPPLY OF MEDICATIONS

Were all supplied medications by a medical practitioner labelled and recorded in Medical Director?

WASTE DISPOSAL

Was waste material containing scheduled poisons disposed of in an appropriate manner?

Were S8 or 9 poisons destroyed in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations?

FOLLOW UP

Does anything in the DCH poisons control plan require modification or investigation? Please outline details below.

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