New Joint Commission Quick Safety Issue Addresses Drug Diversion and Impaired Health Care Workers

Published: 04/17/2019

Sources:
  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission (TJC) has released a new Quick Safety Issue #48 to address drug diversion and impaired health care workers. According to TJC, drug diversion is a patient safety concern for a multitude of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Unsafe care because of impaired health care worker performance
  • Infectious disease exposure because of contaminated needles and drugs
  • Insufficient pain relief because of analgesic drugs being used by health care workers instead of being given to the

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