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CQC highlights CD errors in care homes

Two common errors involving controlled drugs in care homes are identified in a new CQC report.

The safer management of controlled drugs: Annual update 2021 identifies the following learning points for care providers

  • Transdermal patches not being rotated to prevent skin damage; infrequent checking that patches are still in place; old patches removed.
  • Controlled drug error reporting to the right organisations. Staff in social care organisations that do not have their own controlled drugs accountable officer (CDAO) should report incidents to their local accountable officer at NHS England through the controlled drugs reporting website.

There is also evidence of increasing problems where controlled drugs are either not destroyed promptly or in the right way.

CQC issues guidance on controlled drugs in care homes. Providers are also encouraged to ask for support from a pharmacy professional.

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