Joint Commission issues Quick Safety advisory on drug diversion and impaired health care workers
- Katie Looze Bronk
- Corporate Communications
- Prevention: Health care facilities are required to have systems to guard against theft and diversion of controlled substances.
- Detection: Health care facilities must initiate systems to facilitate early detection such as video monitoring of high-risk areas, active monitoring of pharmacy and dispensing record data, as well as staff who are aware of and alert to common behaviors and other signs of potential diversion activity.
- Response: Appropriate response for staff should be “see something, say something.” At the institutional level, appropriate responses include establishing a just culture in which reporting drug diversion is encouraged.
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