Archive for: September, 2015

MGH settlement underscores drug diversion problems

By: September 30th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) just got hit with the largest fine ever involving allegations of drug diversion at a hospital. In the settlement, MGH agreed to pay the United States $2.3 million to resolve allegations that lax controls enabled MGH employees to steal controlled substances for personal use. MGH has also agreed to implement a comprehensive corrective action plan to prevent, identify, and address future diversions.

The settlement stems from a 2013 investigation following an MGH disclosure to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that two of its nurses had stolen large volumes of prescription medications from the hospital. Altogether, the two nurses stole nearly 16,000 pills, mostly oxycodone, an addictive painkiller, from automated dispensing machines that MGH used to store and dispense prescription medications.

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The settlement drives home the idea that drug diversion is a huge problem in America’s healthcare facilities, and we’d like to help you prevent such problems in your facility.

We’d like to know what precautions your clinic or hospital has in place to monitor and control prescription medication. We are considering producing a book that would help healthcare facilities in their fight against drug thefts.

Please drop me a line at jpalmer@hcpro.com with your comments, and a few words about what you would like to see in such a book. What information would help you out in a book about drug diversion prevention?

Have a great day!

John Palmer

Last chance to sign up for Sept. 23 Active Shooter webinar

By: September 17th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Well, it’s happened again, and are you any more ready for when an active shooter or violent incident occurs at your facility?

If you heard the news, this time two nurses were seriously wounded after they were stabbed July 14 by a patient at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee by a patient who had been brought in by police for observation after he was acting belligerent at a bus stop.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to develop an emergency response plan for an violent incident by an armed intruder! Join HCPro for a live webcast on Tuesday, September 23 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The program will be presented by healthcare safety experts Lisa Pryse Terry, CHPA, CPP, and Christian M. Lanphere, PhD, FP-C, NRP, CEM. They will teach participants how to lessen the risk of a violent confrontation and how to prepare facility staff in the event an armed intruder comes through their doors, and then will take your questions live.

For more information and to register for the webcast, call HCPro customer service at 800-650-6787 or visit http://hcmarketplace.com.\

Upcoming Webinar: Active Shooters in Healthcare Facilities

By: September 11th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Active shooters and armed violence represent a rapidly growing issue in America’s hospitals and healthcare facilities. These incidents occur on a near-weekly basis, which means it is time to face the fact that they can also happen in your facility.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to develop an emergency response plan. Join HCPro for a live webcast on Tuesday, September 23 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The program will be presented by healthcare safety experts Lisa Pryse Terry, CHPA, CPP, and Christian M. Lanphere, PhD, FP-C, NRP, CEM. They will teach participants how to lessen the risk of a violent confrontation and how to prepare facility staff in the event an armed intruder comes through their doors, and then will take your questions live.

For more information and to register for the webcast, call HCPro customer service at 800-650-6787 or visit http://hcmarketplace.com.\

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By: September 10th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

If you have a big essay due for a school course as well as to get a high school category, there are always a few items that you need to remember if you are producing your essay. It could not be difficult to get confused when you yourself have a lot of schoolwork, and sometimes you will require some help along with your jobs. If you learn yourself in this circumstance, and you also are looking for a few suggestions on essay writing in general, you have certainly arrived at the correct location. In this specific article, we’re likely to discuss several of the hints that you ought to be of when it comes for the artwork of dissertation writing, aware.

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Free Forms Friday: New Employee Checklist

By: September 4th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s “Free Forms Friday,” and that means time to download one of our hundreds of awesome forms and checklists designed to help you do your job better.

Since it’s September, we’re thinking you may have a lot of new employees starting work and it’s always a good idea to start them off right with a good orientation of your facility.

Check out this popular New Employee Checklist that will help get your new employees acquainted and give you a great way to ensure compliance with OSHA.

Look forward to our weekly “Free Form Fridays” on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor blog, and be sure to check out our many free tools and checklists on our Tools page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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