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Is it necessary for hypodermic needles and syringes to be locked up when being stored?

Accreditation Survey Connection Q&A, November 2, 2006

The following answer is from the JCAHO's Frequently Asked Questions Web site:

It is necessary to determine the risk that storing such materials poses to a facility. If that risk is seen as a threat to the patient population, then yes, it is necessary to keep these materials locked up. It is up to each individual facility to decide this, however. To read the full answer, click here.