Student Prevents a Medication Error

Pharmaceutical Technician Student - Greg PawliszynPharmaceutical Technician Student
Externship Student
Career College of Northern Nevada
Greg Pawliszyn

As a Pharmaceutical Technician student, we are strongly reminded the importance of being accurate when filling prescription orders. Time to time though, there will be a prescription that comes through that causes a “trained” Technician to take notice.

I am currently an externship student at a well respected pharmacy that serves the Reno/Sparks and Carson City areas. The days work is always simple; the Pharmacist prints out the prescriptions to be filled, the Technicians fills these prescriptions, and the Pharmacist then checks the filled prescriptions before being sent out.

Clinical Student Caught a Major Error While on Rotation

bottleMy name is Rebecca and I was getting ready to mix up an IV bag. The first thing I was taught to do in lab before I start mixing anything is look for the mixing instructions and the expiration date on the vial. (It was a vial from the refrigerator.) As I was looking for the instructions I saw that the expiration date was expired and so I then looked for the instructions on what you do if the medication has expired. Some IV vial medications can still be used up to different time periods. (5-10 days, ect) This medication said to discard immediately after expiring and DO NOT USE IF EXPIRED.

I asked one of the techs at the hospital what I should do with it (how to discard or who to give it to, etc). She informed me that it was still good to use and to go ahead and make the IV bag. I am a very cautious person and try my very best to treat every patient that will be receiving any IV that I prepare as if they were a family member.

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