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Backbreaker - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2019

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7 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 9 I nstead of discarding unused fentanyl in real time, your anes- thesia provider aggregates all discards and brings them out for witnessing by another licensed professional at the end of each day. Sounds like an efficient way to handle discards, right? Wrong. Here's the issue: Potential drug diverters may see this process as an opportunity to substitute the fentanyl for a substance like saline. At the end of the day, the witness will only see clear liquid and have no way of discerning the actual contents within. Thanks in large part to the opioid crisis, your controlled substance practices are under the microscope. Documentation is your best Sheldon S. Sones, RPh, FASCP | Newington, Conn. Your Prescription for Medication Safety Our pharmacy consultant dispenses indispensable advice. • MULTI-STRENGTH While you want to avoid stocking more than one strength of medication whenever possible, it's unavoid- able for some drugs like Lidocaine. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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