Hello Sheila. Is not dating when creams and eye drops are opened a medication error?
This is a very important question.
The pharmacist should date the cream or eye drops on the date he/she dispensed the cream or eye drops.
As you say the cream, lotion or eye drops should also be dated when they are used for the first time and in a care home this information should be part of a regular audit trail.
Failure to do this would be seen to be a medication error and I have seen this error reported in many inspection reports.
There should be a clear understanding in the care home of the length of time the cream, lotion or eye drops can be used for. For eye drops it is normally one month although I would always advocate asking the pharmacist.
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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
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