What to include in a doctors bag
Whenever visiting patients, GPs always carry the necessary resources including equipment and drugs. This overview looks into what a doctors bag actually is along with the items that GPs should consider taking when making home visits.
With good clinical practice in mind, it is expected that the majority of GPs carry a doctors bag stocked with the correct equipment and drugs needed to provide medical solutions outside of surgery. There is no specific regulations to the items in your doctors bag, just a guide on what other doctors recommend.
Because the medication within a doctors bag is out of sight, it can become forgotten about so we recommend putting a system of maintenance in place. It’s important to regularly check your bag and ensure the stock is up to date in order to provide maximum patient safety.
What type of bag should you use?
When you’ve selected the correct contents, there is a question of what attributes are required for the doctors bag itself? Whilst there are no actual rules of criteria, good practice can be summarised.
- The bag must be lockable and not left unattended.
- When not in use, the doctors bag must be stored in a cool place out of the reach of children.
- When in the car, the bag should be kept closed and out of sight.
- The back should require insulated maintenance system, meaning that medicines can be stored between 4°C and 25°C. A maximum – minimum thermometer in the bag could be consider to record the extremes of temperature.
- The bag should be kept closed when not in use, as bright lights may inactivate some drugs, g. injectable prochlorperazine.
However, it’s important that the flexibility and appropriateness to purpose is key with any GPs bag. If you’d like more information regarding your doctors bag, please contact us today!
Added: 11 Apr 2019 00:00
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