ASHP Mid-Year kicks off on Sunday. As the biggest hospital pharmacy event of the year, it is always a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends and technologies and catch up with old friends. As usual, we have lots of new innovations and success stories to share so be sure to work these key activities into your itinerary.
Each year, Kit Check surveys pharmacy leaders across the country about the challenges they face and best practices employed for controlled substances. Our annual Anesthesia Medication Tracking Survey tracks technology adoption, policy changes, and worries in and around the OR. This year, we asked respondents the simple open-ended question, “What is your biggest challenge in and around the OR?” Audit … Read More
As the national conversation around opioid abuse continues to grow, hospitals grappling with citations, fines and the bad publicity that accompany these events are looking for solutions that can have both an immediate reduction in liability and set them up for long-term compliance and risk abatement.
As the opioid epidemic continues to make headlines, hospitals are facing increasing pressure to detect and prevent controlled substance diversion. In response, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) released guidelines on developing a comprehensive diversion prevention program which builds upon similar publications by the CDC, DEA and The Joint Commission. Given the risks, hospitals should heed these guidelines to ensure they have the safeguards in place to avoid similar incidents that have plagued the headlines.