Services should define their local practice for the drawing up and administration of intravenous drugs that are used during endoscopy
The Nursing and Midwifery Council's guidance on medicines management states the following in Standard 14:
'Registrants must not prepare substances for injection in advance of their immediate use or administer medication drawn into a syringe or container by another practitioner when not in their presence.'
And in the guidance:
'Where you may be required to prepare substances for injection by a doctor, for example, in an emergency situation, you should ensure that the person administering the drug has undertaken the appropriate checks.'
Each unit should seek advice from their pharmacist regarding individual trust policy, and the policy and pathway around this should be documented clearly in an SOP.
As a minimum, the nurse drawing up the drug must check it with the doctor.