Ask ECRI: Documentation of Medication Lot Numbers

February 23, 2021 | Health System Risk Management


​​A member recently asked for information or guidance related to the requirement to document lot numbers when administering medications, specifically regarding the administration of lidocaine before lesion removal.

​​From a risk management standpoint, it is generally considered best practice for healthcare organizations that dispense medications to maintain a medication log for pharmaceuticals, particularly samples and vaccines, that are inventoried and dispensed in the organization. This log should document the following information: the medication name, the manufacturer, the lot number, the expiration date, the quantity added, the quantity removed or dispensed,...

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