Environment of Care (EC) (Critical Access Hospitals / Critical Access Hospitals)
Q: Do hypodermic needles and syringes need to be stored under lock and key?
Security of Syringes and Needles
Updated | November 24, 2008
A: The Joint Commission standards require that organizations conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to determine the potential adverse impact of equipment, supplies and other factors on the safety and health of patients, staff, and others. The standards also require that organizations use the information from the risk assessment to implement procedures and controls to address the potential adverse impact, such as access control.