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Category: Injection Safety

Mind the “Learning Gap!”

Kim James, MS, FNP-BC

Guest Author: Kim James, MS, FNP-BC Director, Occupational Health, Brookdale University Medical Center When teaching about Safe Injection/Safe Needle Practices, I always like to determine the students’ knowledge base regarding these principles. I’m often surprised to find that what I take for granted as a “given” is anything but! This is one reason why, at Read More >

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Drug Diversion Defined: Steps to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Drug Diversion in Facilities

Guest Author: Kimberly New, JD BSN RN, President, Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators In my last blog, I talked about the impact of drug diversion on hospitals and healthcare facilities. Today, I will be discussing the frequency of diversion within healthcare facilities and what facilities can do to prevent, detect, Read More >

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Drug Diversion Defined: Consequences for Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities

Kimberly New, JD BSN RN

Guest Author: Kimberly New, JD BSN RN President, Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators In my last blog, I talked about how drug diversion, or theft of medication, poses a continuous threat to patient safety. In today’s blog, I’ll be discussing the many ways in which drug diversion negatively affects hospitals. Read More >

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Drug Diversion Defined: A Patient Safety Threat

Kimberly New, JD BSN RN

Guest Author: Kimberly New, JD BSN RN President, Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators You may have seen some recent media reports about drug diversion. Today, I want to break down the issue of drug diversion and provide some details about this serious patient safety threat. Drug diversion, or theft of Read More >

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Outbreaks Highlight Infection Risks Associated with Drug Diversion

Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA

Author: Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA Quality Standards and Safety Team Leader for the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention When prescription medicines are stolen or used illegally, it is called drug diversion. Prescription opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions and is a major driver of drug diversion. One aspect of Read More >

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