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- Sep 16, '12 by Wet NoodleIt's absurd to test for drugs rather than addiction. A person who comes to work after having had four hours of sleep over the past three days is likely not in any better condition than someone who's had a few shots of tequila or a couple of bong hits, and is probably in worse shape that a chronic (but moderate) opiate abuser. That is what research shows.
I'll bet a lot more accidents are caused by exhaustion of health providers than by stoned health providers.
We obsess over the easy answers. It's like searching for your lost keys under the street light.
Is the point of giving a drug test to a worker after he's bitten by a patient to ensure that patients aren't tempted to bite healthcare workers and draw blood as a means of getting high? What exactly is the point?
And then of course there is the issue of how the testing is handled at the OP's facility.
The medical error reporting system is confidential. The reason why should by obvious.
- Sep 16, '12 by dudette10Quote from cbsncmomAgree about sending them out for a drug screen to a facility that does this on a regular basis, usually as pre-employment screens.I have a management background. Every management job I have had required an employee to have a drug screen administered if they got hurt on the job. It is the companies way of keeping worker comp claims down. You were absolutely right. However, we NEVER administered the drug screen. We sent them with a "chain of custody" letter to the hospital lab to have done. I think it is terrible that they are making employee do this.
I can just see when someone comes up positive, the person claims that the untrained co-worker nurse didn't do the screen correctly, and that nurse is the one who is then in trouble.
It's possible that the facility which has a co-worker do it is trying to save even more money by not contracting with a lab to do it nor having to cover the employee that has to leave for the screen. It's all about money.