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November 2016 Archives

HOW DOES A HOSPITAL'S INCREASED RELIANCE ON DATA FROM A PYXIS MACHINE AFFECT A NURSE?

Many hospitals use a Pyxis machine to dispense medication and use the information from the Pyxis to spot trends in the medication of patient as well as diversion of narcotics. Over the past several years, I often get telephone calls from nurses accused of diversion when their dispensing of medication to patients exceeded the norms of other nurses. Nurses' medication habits differ. Some nurses tell me that they aggressively dispense pain mediation in accordance with doctor's orders as they do not want their patients to suffer from pain.

PREMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST

In the past few years, we have seen an increase in the amount of pre-employment drug screens being required of applicants for positions in nursing homes, hospitals, and state facilities.

Do medical device reps pose an ethical conflict to doctors?

Patients rely on their doctors to make medical diagnoses and to recommend medications and/or medical devices for their conditions. Yet given the amount of money at stake in the medical device industry, could a conflict of interest arise between doctors and sales reps? Are doctors trained on medical device implants?

Is a physician’s license analogous to a property right?

Physicians must be licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania. Licensure reflects the successful culmination of years of schooling, training and compliance with state laws and regulations governing licensure. Physicians have an understandable investment in their medical license.

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