Don't want a $1 million fine? Pay attention to regulated drugs

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The recent fine against a hospital-affiliated clinic and surgery center in Oklahoma has made outpatient surgery managers look again at regulation of their narcotics to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and to avoid diversion.

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• Spot check narcotics waste, and look for patterns. Be alert to odd behavior by staff members.

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• Consider security measures such as dead bolts, cameras, and links between the medication room and your facility's alarm system,

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• Have two nurses count narcotics, and count them at the beginning of shifts, end of shifts, and when new staff members join a shift.

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