December 1, 2009

Drug diversion in the OR: How can you keep it from happening?

By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS

It's every OR manager's nightmare—a drug diversion that hits the local news. That nightmare came true for 2 Colorado facilities—Rose Medical Center in Denver and Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs— this year when scrub tech Kristen Diane Parker was accused of not only stealing fentanyl, but also of transmitting her hepatitis C to as many as 27 patients in the process, according to reports from and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (

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