IV Medications Iventory Management

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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Storage Conditions

CHECK THE LABEL ON THE MEDICATION: IT WILL TELL YOU IF REFRIGERATION IS NEEDED.

All other supplies should be kept together in an area that is clean and dry. Please keep all infusion related supplies away from children and pets.

A Patient Care Representative will help you manage your supplies and coordinate your deliveries. This person will ask you to count your supplies on a regular basis. Your Patient Care Representative will periodically call to find out your supply count and to tell you when the next delivery of supplies will be made. If you have only one or two days of supplies remaining, please call your Patient Care Representative.

Frequency of Delivery

The medications will be delivered according to your needs. The pharmacist and your Patient Care Representative will help coordinate appropriate deliveries for you.

In addition to your specific medications, your delivery may include:

  • IV tubing
  • needles and syringes
  • dressing change kits
  • medications that may be used to dilute the antibiotic and to flush your catheter
  • container in which to dispose of needles and syringes will be provided
  • other supplies which may be specific to your medication

Safe Needle Disposal

Penn HomeIT will regularly pick up the needle container and dispose of it safely.

Returns

The IV pole is the only supply that can be returned to Penn HomeIT. All other supplies including drugs, needles and syringes, and dressing supplies are given under a doctor's prescription and cannot be legally returned.

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