A new framework aimed at reducing the risk of diversion within hospitals has been published through the collaborative efforts of several health system and pharmacy stakeholders. As the sponsor of the Partnered Table to Improve the Safety and Security of Controlled Substances in Hospital High Risk Areas, the College is pleased to work with its partners to share the framework and contribute to system-wide responsibility aimed at reducing the harms associated with the misuse of Controlled Substances in our communities.
The Framework for Improving the Safety and Security of Controlled Substances in Hospital High Risk Areas contains a number of recommendations to enable healthcare system stakeholders to proactively identify and prevent the diversion of Controlled Substances in hospitals.
The recommendations recognize that the diversion of Controlled Substances can have a substantial impact on patients, staff and organizations. Identifying gaps in awareness, policies, procedures and capacity that increase avenues for diversion and acting to bridge these gaps is vital to preventing diversion in hospitals.
The recommendations in the framework are intended to focus on system level solutions and act as guidance for health system leaders and organizations. The recommendations address identifying diversion, shared accountability and responsibility, a culture of safety, collaboration, transitions of care, and knowledge translation/sharing across the health system.