Best Practices for CS Waste in ER Setting: CSDPP Core Elements

Drug diversion in health care systems is a serious issue in both the United States and Canada.  According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, the US and Canada are the two highest consumers of opioids worldwide per-capita.  Opioids and other controlled substances are diverted from healthcare facilities for nonmedical use …

Does Your CS Waste Program Meet Joint Commission Requirements?

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1951 with a focus on continually improving health care for the public.  The Joint Commission is the oldest and largest standards-setting, accrediting body in health care in the United States.  Approximately 4,500 general, long-term acute, rehabilitation, children’s, psychiatric …

CS Waste Safety and Healthcare Staff

It is critical for healthcare facilities such as long term care facilities and hospitals to properly dispose of pharmaceutical waste for controlled substance waste safety. The improper disposal of medications and controlled substances leads to environmental contamination and drug diversion.  Drug diversion in hospitals is a serious risk for healthcare …

Proper Documentation of CS Waste Program

A controlled substance (CS) waste program which meets DEA compliance must adhere to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 21, 40 and 42 pertaining to the regulations for drug waste disposal.  Each registrant, facility, distributor and reverse distributor must ensure that they meet all facility, local, tribal, state and federal …

Legal Implications of an Inadequate CS Waste Program

It is important for all healthcare facilities to follow a proper controlled substance (CS) waste program to prevent drug diversion and environmental contamination.  Drugs defined as controlled substances are proven to have the potential for dependence or abuse and are regulated by the DEA with the Controlled Substances Act.  This …

Proper Handling of Propofol Waste: Disposal in Anesthesia Setting

Propofol, also known under the brand name of Diprivan, is a sedative used primarily in operating rooms to relax and sedate patients prior to invasive, surgical procedures.  Propofol is used as a supplement to general anesthetics, although is not currently listed as a controlled substance with the same DEA regulations …