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The best way to store and discard medication
- It is vital to store your medication as directed by your CareTeam.
- If your medication requires refrigeration, place it in a specially designated area in your refrigerator, such as a clean shelf or drawer.
- Store all medical supplies away from other household items and out of the reach of children and pets.
It is important for you to know how to safely handle any medical waste (used needles, bandages, surgical instruments and glassware) generated in your home.
- Place the waste in a strong plastic or metal container with a tight lid immediately after it is generated and secure the lid tightly.
- Dispose of the container once it is full. This may be done in several ways:
- Take the waste to an appropriate collection site, such as your doctor's office, a hospital or a fire station.
- If those sites are not available, you may also mail the waste to a collection site. This requires a special container and in most cases is a paid service. Check with your doctor, or search the Internet using keywords "sharps mail back” for more information.
You may also consult your local Department of Public Health agency for additional instructions on disposing of medical waste in your area.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov)
Tips for preventing Infections and staying healthy
Although your hands may look clean, it is always important to wash your hands before preparing your medication for injection. This will prevent you from contaminating your medication vials or injection site. Here are steps to follow:
- Use soap and warm water to wash your hands.
- Rub your hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds and scrub all surfaces.
- Rinse your hands under running water and dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer.
- If soap and water are not easily available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Rub the sanitizer all over your hands, including under your nails and between your fingers, until your hands are dry.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)