Healthcare Quality Week

Is Your Facility Using Rx Destroyer?

October 17, 2022 | Controlled Substance Disposal Systems

National Healthcare Quality Week is October 16-22, 2022. This week celebrates progress made by healthcare professionals towards improving patient outcomes.


What is quality in healthcare?

The Institute of Medicine defines healthcare quality as “the degree to which healthcare services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge.” Quality, in relation to healthcare, is evidence-based and can be defined a variety of different ways. An example would be providing care that is safe to the individual and the provider while maximizing resources to avoid waste, which can be dangerous to all parties. Quality improvement is meant for enhancing safety, effectiveness, and efficiency.

Why is quality in healthcare important?

A study done by the National Library of Medicine conceptualized reasons why people avoid medical care after noticing that people often avoid seeking medical care even when they have symptoms or suspect they should seek medical care.

Why do some individuals avoid seeking medical care?

Many individuals who avoid medical care may suffer anxiety regarding medical visits. In Medical Care Journal, the authors found that people who avoid medical care tend to have less experience with quality care, have difficulty expressing concerns, and fail to get help to resolve their uncertainty about their health. Poor quality healthcare visits can impact individuals to the point where they would prefer to not seek medical care when needed.

What are people doing instead of seeing a doctor?

People are self-medicating, as they feel their symptoms may not be severe enough to seek medical attention. A patient that hasn’t left with solutions in the past may also not want to seek proper medical care in the future. This can be dangerous due to the lack of individual knowledge and regulations on over-the-counter medications, which can be purchased without a prescription and without consulting a doctor. Self-medicating is also dangerous because drugs can be expired or mislabeled but still consumed.

How can Rx Destroyer help?

This week, as we recognize the improvements and progress made by healthcare individuals, we prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Rx Destroyer is the leading drug disposal system for healthcare facilities, with a quick and easy facility implementation. Rx Destroyer provides innovative pharmaceutical waste management products with convenient sizes, and tethered caps allowing one-hand operation, promoting efficiency and safety in healthcare settings. Rx Destroyer will improve drug disposal processes throughout your facilities. We offer mass disposal solutions and assistance in understanding the difference in medication disposal requirements for ultimate users and DEA registrants. Whether you are a patient, doctor, nurse, etc., Rx Destroyer can help remove unused and unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications.