Detect Diversion Before It Causes Harm

“Diversion, the theft of drugs by healthcare personnel, is universal in healthcare facilities in the United States and elsewhere. It is generally believed that 1 in 10 nurses divert drugs. Some of the risks associated with diversion include patient harm, negative publicity, financial loss and civil and regulatory liability.

Every facility should have a formal program to address this continuous challenge. Regular auditing of drug usage for possible diversion is an essential component of any diversion prevention, detection and response program. The internal auditor has an important role
in drug diversion surveillance, including in controlled substance transactions in clinical and other high-risk areas.”

Continue reading this article, authored by Kim New and published in The Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, by clicking the following PDF link:

AHIA New Perspectives article Summer 2015

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