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Hip With the Times - July 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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But the longer someone is permitted to steal drugs, the greater the potential consequences. Reporting your concerns is the first step toward helping that person. When a coworker needs help, we owe it to ourselves, our profession and to him to help him get it. Providers have lost their lives because others chose not to get involved. Diversion might cost patients their lives, too. Abuse or addiction supported by drug diversion isn't a victimless crime. • Patients. Our patients needlessly suffer if they don't get the med- ications they need, or are given adulterated or contaminated drugs. • Employers. Surgical facilities lose the revenue associated with pil- fered drugs and may have to deal with poor performance on the part of the diverter. They may also face civil liability for failing to recognize, address or prevent drug diversion. If a health-care worker's illicit drug use harms a patient, both the worker and the employer are liable. • Diverters. They can be infected by needles, unsanitary injection techniques or by blood-to-blood transmissions from a patient. They may expose themselves to felony criminal prosecution or civil mal- practice actions. They could lose their professional licenses. They may even overdose and die. Be on the lookout Does your facility have sys- tems in place to guard against theft and diversion of controlled substances? It had better, because as diverters fall deeper into the habit, they get more cre- ative. J U L Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 3 • SWITCH Percocet 5/325 (left) strongly resembles Tylenol.

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