New Study Uncovers ‘Hidden’ Epidemic In Health Care: Hospital Drug Diversion
North American Precis Syndicate
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(NAPSI)—Hospital drug diversion, in which health care workers divert
opiates and other controlled substances away from patients for personal use
or sale, is a largely underdiscussed challenge. To
better understand health care diversion perceptions, behaviors and solutions,
the BD Institute for Medication Management Excellence commissioned KRC
Research, a global public opinion research consultancy, to conduct a national
survey of more than 650 hospital executives and providers. The findings,
released in a new report, were eye opening.
1. The Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY)
The survey showed that health care executives and providers may be in
denial about substance use among hospital employees and the prevalence of
hospital drug diversion. While 85 percent of providers express concern about
diversion, and 50 percent report they have observed suspicious activity,
fewer than 20 percent believe diversion is a problem in their own facility.
Further, despite evidence to the contrary, 26 percent of executives and 29
percent of providers surveyed believe substance use disorder is less
prevalent among hospital employees than in the general population.
2. Workplace Stress May Be a Related
In the survey, 58 percent of nurses and 52 percent of anesthesiologists
say their jobs are highly stressful. Among providers, 78 percent know a peer
who may be stressed “to the breaking point.” And, though 74
percent of providers are comfortable seeking help to manage stress, only 39
percent of all respondents have actually sought assistance.
3. Better Training Could Help Solve
Nearly 60 percent of providers said they have either taken a diversion
training course, talked about it in a work meeting, and/or received
information from their hospital. However, 40 percent report they have not had
any formal training, and more than a third have not received diversion
information from their hospital or discussed it at work. Among those who had
not received any training or communication, 60 percent would like that to
4. Hospitals Need Better Technology
to Detect Diversion
In the survey, 32 percent of executives say they are spending too little
on specific measures, such as tools that deliver more accurate data to reduce
false positives, machine learning, advanced analytics, and mandatory
diversion training. However, the vast majority of executives and providers
believe that, with enough resources, they can mitigate diversion risk.
This new report—“Health
Care’s Hidden Epidemic: A Call to Action on Hospital Drug Diversion”—should
not be the last word on diversion. Rather, it should spark a national
conversation, spur much-needed research, and ultimately lead hospitals and
health systems to adopt comprehensive diversion prevention programs. Through
technology, communication and training, cultural shifts and other means,
diversion risk can be addressed in a meaningful way.
For more information, including the report, a resources guide and other
assets, please visit BD Institute for Medication Management Excellence at www.bd.com/diversion-report.
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