The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has recently updated its core infection prevention and control practices for safe healthcare delivery in all settings. Is your facility fully compliant? What steps must you take to update your practices? This week we discuss the implications of the new guidelines on injection practices and medication safety.
The 2023 Controlled Substance Assessment Quiz
This is our first annual competency assessment focused on controlled substances and regulatory compliance. Ongoing education and assessments of staff in the handling of controlled substances not only helps with compliance, it’s also a great way to enhance patient safety. How are you assessing your staff?
How to prevent drug diversion
How to prevent drug diversion is something I spend significant time thinking about and talking about with my facilities. The ongoing opioid epidemic, along with staffing shortages affecting all facilities has greatly increased the risk. Whenever I have an opportunity to speak on this topic, I make it a point to remind everyone to expect diversion and develop systems before it happens. Are you taking steps to protect your patients and reduce your liability?
Drug Shortages Update: January 2023
This week we are once again providing an update on the most recent drug shortages.
The Year in Review: 2022
Another year has flown by. Unbelievably, we are quickly approaching 2023 and it’s time to look back at of the biggest topics of 2022.
How much does compliance cost?
How much compliance costs is tricky to calculate, but there are multiple examples of organizations who have paid millions of dollars in fines from regulatory agencies, and/or medical malpractice lawsuits. Of course, there are many other ways facilities lose money because of poor practices, lack of oversight and expertise. What are some steps you can take to make your patients safer and greatly reduce your liability and costs?
The 2022 USP 800 Assessment Quiz
The 2022 version of the OctariusRx USP 800 assessment quiz is about to be released!
The new version of USP Chapter 797 goes into effect November 1, 2023
The new version of USP Chapter 797 goes into effect November 1, 2023. Additionally, USP Chapter 800 (hazardous drugs) becomes enforceable on the same date. Is your facility fully compliant? What steps do you need to take to avoid patient safety issues and regulatory challenges?
Happy Halloween from the OctariusRx team!
Happy National Pharmacy Week!
Happy National Pharmacy Week to all our team members and colleagues!