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Drug Diversion Exercise Facilitator Guide

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The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) created a tabletop exercise for acute care facilities to stimulate a discussion of drug diversion and to review existing policies related to the topic. This facilitator guide provides acute care facilities with the tools, including the scenarios and slides, to conduct their own exercises. Facilitator Guide; Slides; Scenarios w/o Questions; Scenarios w/Questions; Evaluation

Drug Diversion Coalition

The New Jersey Drug Diversion coalition was formed in the summer of 2015, after our first Drug Diversion Conference (Drug Diversion Defined: Steps to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Drug Diversion in Healthcare Facilities). The purpose of forming the coalition is for members to share best practices/lessons learned regarding drug diversion and to help healthcare facilities to reduce incidence of drug diversion. The coalition is comprised of members from various organizations such as healthcare facilities, state and federal partners, associations and professional licensing boards.

2nd Annual Drug Diversion Conference June 14, 2016 at Rutgers University

This year's theme was "Drawing Up" Strategies to Prevent Drug Diversion in Healthcare Settings. More than 130 health professionals who attended represented acute care, ambulatory care, and long term care facilities, public health and professional organizations. Keynote speakers included: Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN and Katrina Hansen, MPH. Laura Taylor, PhD, MCHES, provided an overview of the New Jersey drug diversion tabletop exercise pilot project. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts answered questions from the audience. Speakers included: Kim New, JD, BSN, RN and Katrina Hansen, MPH, as well as Stefanie Mozgai, RN, CPM; Jillian Scott, MSN, RN; Hortense Xenakis, RPh, CCP. See slides on the right.

Safe Injection Ambassador Program

The New Jersey team is in the process of recruiting new Injection Safety Ambassadors for the next train-the-trainer workshop to be held March 29, 2016 from 9:30am-3pm in New Brunswick. Healthcare professionals from various disciplines are being recruited to help spread the safe injection practice message to healthcare professionals in various healthcare settings such as ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers, oncology treatment centers, endoscopy facilities, acute care facilities and long term care facilities. Click here to see flyer.

New Jersey's Safe Injection Practices Team

The New Jersey Department of Health has launched a campaign aimed at assuring safe injection practices in all healthcare settings. See the press release.

State Injection Safety Resources

New Jersey Infection Control Guidance on Glucometers

Barbara Montana, MD, MPH, FACP, Communicable Disease Medical Director, provides guidance for healthcare providers regarding use of glucometers. Please click here to see the document.