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Industry ExpertiseHealthcare & Life SciencesDrug Diversion Prevention Improvement Program

Drug diversion is a critical issue within our hospitals and clinics across the country. It is estimated that 10 to 15% of a hospital’s nursing staff has been addicted to prescription medications at one time or another.

Drug Diversion poses a major risk for your care system in the following ways:

  1. Significant lawsuits that will have an adverse financial impact
  2. Public relations nightmare and system reputation that will be tarnished with just one drug diversion case
  3. Patient and staff safety is drastically reduced if drug diversion is not thwarted

Every care system needs to address this national problem. Trexin has identified 4 major areas of risk where improvements can be made quickly and effectively:

  1. Lack of Dedicated Drug Diversion Prevention Staff
  2. Outdated and Manual Data Gathering
  3. Misaligned Policies and Procedures
  4. Inadequate Audit Trails for Investigation

Trexin has a 3 phased approach that will provide your healthcare organization an actionable plan for improvement.

PHASE 1: Clarify Strategy, Organizational Alignment, Future-State Vision

PHASE 2: Assess Current-State and Perform Gap Analysis

PHASE 3: Develop Roadmap for Improvement

Mitigate your risk of narcotic theft and contact Trexin Consulting today.

Denise Hickey, MSN, RN

Principal

Denise Hickey is an experienced nurse with over 35 years of experience in various frontline and leadership positions. She specializes in medication safety and drug diversion prevention. She has collaborated with IT and EHR teams to develop drug diversion detection reports, has been a team lead with the development of the Controlled Substance Drug Diversion Prevention Program at a level 1 trauma center, as well as, created and implemented drug diversion education for healthcare providers. Denise has a deep appreciation and understanding of the challenges frontline healthcare providers face each day. She is committed to sharing knowledge regarding drug diversion program development with the hope that all healthcare professionals are provided the opportunity to work in a safe environment while caring for their patients.

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Help me improve our drug diversion prevention program

Trexin has a proven assessment approach that evaluates your drug diversion prevention program from multiple perspectives. Over a 4-6 week time period, we will review 6 critical areas within your program: policies, processes, management, organizational commitment, and systemization, and provide you a prioritized, actionable roadmap to improve your program.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Drug Diversion Prevention
  • Strategy
  • Process improvement
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Technology Optimization
  • Pharmacy Management

Help me implement a more sophisticated monitoring tool

Most hospitals and care systems are using outdated data, spreadsheets, and PDF documents to evaluate if they have a drug diversion problem which is like trying to find a “needle in a haystack”.  Today, there is sophisticated systems that use near real-time data with artificial intelligence to determine if your care system may have people diverting narcotics from your patients.  Trexin keeps up-to-date on the latest, most relevant drug diversion monitoring software system in the market.  Each of these systems bring different capabilities that create value for the end -user.  Trexin is system agnostic and can assist your organization to choose the “right” technology for your organization with our Vendor Solution Selection Program.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Drug Diversion Monitoring Improvement
  • Strategy
  • Vendor Solution Selection
  • Process improvement
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Technology Optimization
  • Pharmacy Management

Help me improve our controlled substance compliance

If you’re not sure where to get started, our team can help assess your current controlled substance compliance status for both state and federal regulations. From creating policies and work standards, to implementing internal audit tools, our team can facilitate making the changes necessary to meet your expected outcomes. Even if you feel as if your site is fully compliant, the only way to truly know is to put it to the test. Our team of experts can conduct a thorough mock inspection and provide you with an objective summary of findings and action items. To ensure compliance is maintained at your site, it’s recommended that a mock inspection is done at least once a year.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Controlled Substance
  • Compliance
  • DEA
  • pharmacy law
  • controlled substance act
  • risk mitigation
  • risk assessment
  • pharmacy management
  • drug diversion
  • drug diversion prevention
  • pharmacy

Help me optimize my medication inventory

It’s no surprise that medication inventory is exceedingly the number #1 expense for healthcare institutions. Forecasts predict that drug prices will continue to rise with an influx of costly new therapies coming to market. Although we cannot influence drug prices, our experts can help optimize your drug inventory and reduce your carrying cost. Trexin can assess your current inventory and dispensing model to identify opportunities that reduce dead inventory and maximize inventory turns. After an initial assessment, our experts can help implement and execute strategies to capitalize on those opportunities.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Drug Inventory
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Carrying Costs
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Strategy
  • Cost Reduction
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