Paper doesn’t cut it in this complex, high-security environment.
EMS1.com offers six strategies to prevent drug diversion in an article entitled, Drug diversion legal brief for EMS leaders: “Here are six strategies to prevent drug diversion, part of the EMS profession's important role in the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic…Audit and inspect frequently…Report diversion immediately…Proper recordkeeping for opioids and narcotics…Encourage reporting of Drug diversion…Control narcotic access to everyone…Talk to employees.”
According to an April 2018 report in Fire Engineering, “‘Automating, maintaining, and updating drug inventories without a hiccup are musts for today’s fire service, which is administering these drugs with ever-increasing frequency. This also can help EMS, private ambulance services, prisons and other organizations responsible for stocking and rapid replacement of heavy-duty drugs,’ notes PSTrax Principal Scott Bergeron.”
The article continues, “He adds that often third-party physicians are involved in fire department paramedic programs. Given that their license is on the line, they too have a huge stake in making sure everything is accounted for and administered properly.”
That’s a tall and time-consuming order for paper-based systems, which are inherently more unwieldy to maintain than digital-based checks. A digital-based solution is much more attuned to reliable chain-of-custody overview, upto-date reporting, and near real-time sharing with authorized recipients.