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Standards for health services in Australian prisons

Criterion 5.3.3 Perishable materials

Perishable materials held by our health service (eg. medicines, vaccines and other healthcare products) are not kept or used beyond their expiry dates.


Indicators

A. Our health service does not hold or use perishable medicines, vaccines or other healthcare products beyond their expiry date (direct observation).

B. The relevant staff in our health service can describe our procedure for checking the expiry dates of perishable materials and for disposing of such materials where necessary (interview).

C. Our health service has a written procedure for checking the expiry dates of perishable materials and for disposing of such materials where necessary (document review).


Explanation

To promote the safe and effective use of perishable materials such as medicines (including sample medicines), vaccines and other healthcare products, health services need to ensure they do not keep perishable materials beyond their expiry dates. This includes perishable materials held in a doctor’s bag or on an emergency trolley.

It is also important to ensure that perishable materials held by a health service are stored and secured appropriately.

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