Minimising drug diversion in your hospital
rug diversion refers to the inappropriate use or administration of medication. In a healthcare setting this can be caused by theft, or in extreme cases due to giving a patient a dose that differs from that prescribed. A risk assessment can be used to identify drugs liable for misuse (DLMs) for your setting. Alternatively, the local healthcare commissioner or regulator may identify DLMs that require specific recording.
But what are drugs liable for misuse and why should they be recorded?
DLMs are medicines that are liable to be diverted or misused. Examples include benzodiazepines, steroids, psychotropics and laxatives. DLMs are not Schedule 2 Controlled Drugs, which are specially regulated. Every healthcare organisation should do its utmost to ensure that all medicines are kept securely. Additional measures should be taken to further increase the governance and accountability for drugs liable for misuse.
Every healthcare organisation should do its utmost to ensure that all medicines are kept securely
It is not recommended that that DLMs are recorded in a Controlled Drugs Register, which are legal documents whose validity could be compromised by recording anything other than the intended Schedule 2 Controlled Drugs.
Ashtons provides both a Controlled Drugs Register and a Record of Drugs Liable for Misuse. They are both designed specifically for the needs of hospitals, care homes and hospices to help you minimise inappropriate drug use, accurately record your usage, and meet all relevant regulatory and best practice requirements.