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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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Cancer Survivor Employs Simple Steps to Fight off Infection During Chemotherapy

Pamela Bryant, MS

Author: Pamela Bryant, MS Health Communications Specialist, CDC To do: Biopsy MRI Port-a-Cath Chemotherapy Genetic Testing Lumpectomy Radiation The above list is not exactly the type of to-do list I ever thought I’d be faced with. As you can imagine, this list of tests, screenings, procedures, and treatments was a bit overwhelming as I was Read More >

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One of Chemotherapy’s Most Severe Side Effects: What You Can Do To Prevent An Infection During Treatment For Cancer

Michele E. Gaguski MSN RN AOCN CHPN APN-C

Author: Michele E. Gaguski MSN RN AOCN CHPN APN-C As an oncology nurse, I often see anxiety and fear in the eyes of my patients as I  teach them what to expect from their first round of chemotherapy.  Most of the time, patients’ first questions are about the more visible side effects of their treatment:  Read More >

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Picking a Fight with Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Organisms

Author: Ebbing Lautenbach MD, MPH, MSCE Over the last decade, the incidence of multidrug resistance in gram-negative pathogens has steadily increased, yet there has not been any increase in antimicrobial development to address these organisms.  The potential for widespread and rapid transmission of the pathogens is concerning as is the growing prevalence of these organisms Read More >

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