In the world of healthcare, ensuring the safety and well-being of patients is paramount. One of the key aspects of patient care involves pain management.
The facility holds the liability. Is your facility doing all it can to mitigate the risk to itself, its employees, and ultimately the patient? Is thorough, proactive monitoring being done for diversion? Does your facility have comprehensive diversion education in place for all staff, including temporary staff? Are solid policies and procedures in place addressing medication handling and safety? Are staff held accountable for following controlled substance policies and procedures? Do you know where your areas of vulnerabilities are when it comes to controlled substance security? If there is a case of drug diversion, your facility will be open to further scrutiny by various agencies. The facility will be held accountable if there are not strong security measures in place and a robust monitoring system to detect and respond to diversion.