How hospitals can help prevent “diversion”
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.