Tools to Effectively Manage Controlled Substances
January 2011 - Vol. 8 No. 1 - Page #8

St. Joseph’s Hospital is an 886-bed community hospital located in Tampa, Florida. Part of BayCare Health System, St. Joseph’s has been using automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) since October 1998 to manage the distribution and storage of medications, including controlled substances. Regardless of its distribution model, any hospital can be a target for diversion of controlled substances. Realizing mechanical controls alone were not sufficient to manage CII through CV inventory, St. Joseph’s implemented a computerized ADC reporting application in October 2005 to better monitor the flow of medications through our distribution process.

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