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We are now going to look at the storing of medications. In general, most medication needs to be stored in a cool, dry place. Certain medications need to be kept in a fridge. These could be insulin, certain types of antibiotics, and eye drops. It will always say on the packaging how the medication is to be stored. It's also important that all areas are hygienically clean. All medication administered by the home needs to be stored in a lockable area. For controlled drugs, these need to be stored in a separate lockable cupboard. So, this is a lockable cupboard within the locked cupboard. You may have some service user's clients who self-administer their medication. A locked drawer or cupboard needs to be provided for them and access to this needs to be restricted to them and the line manager. For clients who self-administer, they can be given their own key for the lockable area where the medication is stored, or the line manager will open the cupboard as and when it's time for their medication.

Keys for the other medication within the care home will be limited to one person, that will be the senior member of staff on duty that day. Usually, keys are signed in and signed out, so that everyone would always know where the responsibility is. Regular audits should be carried out within your workplace setting. These are checks to monitor the amount of medication coming in and going out. This ensures that the amount of medication listed in the logbook matches the medication in the cupboards. This will be done in line with your in-house policy. This will be able to monitor if medication goes missing or if incorrect dosages have been administered.