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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 5 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 Give Your Facility This Drug Security Test 5 measures that will help prevent diversion. L et me guess: Drug diversion can never happen on your watch because no one on your all-star staff has a substance abuse problem. Maybe so, but don't you think administrators at facilities where drug diver- sion actually happened once thought the same thing? Take a few minutes to ensure these 5 drug security precautions are in place, even if you think you have nothing to worry about. Locked storage? You must keep controlled substances in locked cabinets or secured storage areas. Using employee-specific swipe cards is a great way to limit access to controlled substances. You can program the system to allow access only to certain employees, and monitor exact- ly who swiped in and when. Combination locks are a less costly but still effective option for securing anesthesia workrooms or drug stor- age cabinets. You need to have a written policy in place that stipulates who on the staff can know the lock's combination and how often it should be changed. It's a good idea to change the combination periodically. One accredi- tation surveyor told me that he's seen staff members write lock com- binations in pencil on a doorsill or a nearby wall. Another surveyor told me that he was able to access a medication storage area because 1 S A F E T Y John R. Karwoski, RPh, MBA z CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES Limit access to medications, and monitor their use and disposal.

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