King Edward Memorial Hospital
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To ensure appropriate storage of inpatient’s prescribed insulin to guarantee efficacy of the
Medications must be stored and administered in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
pharmacist’s recommendations regarding temperature, exposure to light and expiry dates.
supply ensures refrigerated medicines are stored at the World Health Organisation
result in chemical and or physical changes to the medication which may lead to a loss of efficacy and
alter patient response and potentially cause harm to patients. In the event of a cold chain breach,
medications must be discarded. It is essential that the pharmacy and wards involved in the handling of
refrigerated medications for patient use maintain optimal conditions to provide a quality product to the
Before use, keep the unopened insulin in a refrigerator where the temperature is between 2-
8°C. Do not allow it to freeze. Discard if frozen.
Once in use, the insulin should be kept in the refrigerator on obstetric wards or below 25°C in
the patient drawer in all other wards.
Discard the insulin within 28 days of first use.
If the insulin is to be stored in the patient’s drawer write the date it is to be discarded on the
Do not leave it near heat or in direct light.
Has it been exposed to
Has it been in use for longer than
Discard the insulin
Use Ward stock
Use Patients own
Label each insulin pen in
use with patient’s
Expiry & Storage
On the addressograph, write the discard date of the
Store in patient locked medication cupboard/drawers at
( P 2.4.2)
Queensland Health (AU) Guideline for the Storage, Transportation and Handling of
Refrigerated Medicines, Vaccines, and Blood in Queensland Health
Facilities [Internet]. Brisbane, QLD (Australia): Queensland Government (AU); 2008 [updated 2011 Apr 19; cited
2014 Jan 31]. Available from:
National Standards – 4.3 The Clinical Workforce is supported for the prescribing, dispensing, administering, storing,
manufacturing, compounding and monitoring of medicines
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