Medication training device or use of expired meds in simulation training

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Medication training device or use of expired meds in simulation training

I am trying to get a feel for what others are doing for simulation training. Are you utilizing "fake" medications (like pocket nurse), real medications, or expired medications? What safety controls do you have in place to reduce risk of "contamination" (where fake or expired meds make their way into the regular drug supply or clinical unit).

Are you aware of any position statements from organizations on this matter? I know ISMP has posted a few topics to alert us to safety issues.

We are considering the use of expired product with home grown labeling "NOT FOR HUMAN USE" in big bold red on the actual syringe or solutions, along with strict inventory control at the start and end of each simulation.