How hos­pi­tals can help pre­vent “di­ver­sion”

Modern Healthcare - - BEST PRACTICES -

1. Des­ig­nate a leader who over­sees all di­ver­sion-pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­ity.

2. En­gage lo­cal law en­force­ment early on, be­fore you de­tect drug theft, says Kim­berly New, a drug di­ver­sion con­sul­tant.

3. Reach out to public-health agen­cies as soon as you find ev­i­dence of drug tam­per­ing, says Dr. Joseph Perz of the CDC.

4. Frame di­ver­sion as a pa­tient-safety is­sue so staff can ap­pre­ci­ate its im­por­tance.

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