Standardizing Drug Diversion Programs
As healthcare providers, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our patients receive the right medications at the right time. Sadly, diversion, or the theft or
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.