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Hip With the Times - July 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Percocet with Tylenol or some other similar-looking pills. If you don't closely watch your meds and lock your carts between cases, you're practically inviting drug theft. Double-lock controlled sub- stances to prevent tampering. Monitor the dispensing records of all providers. Augment pre-employment drug screening with frequent urine drug screening of small numbers of employees. The Internet is full of sites offering ways to beat the tests, so someone should witness all urine drug-screening tests. Two staff members should do narcotic counts at the end of every shift or every day, and each person should actually be able to see the meds. They should never accept statements like, "There are 10 vials in this box," without actually seeing all 10. Waste must be witnessed, too. Don't sign for a waste if you didn't actually see it. OSM Mr. Ruspantine (perryr@anesprof.com) is the clinical compliance manager and HIPAA compliance officer for Anesthesia PROfessionals in Dartmouth, Mass. He lectures on drug diversion. 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 5

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