SOURCE: HR Profile

May 12, 2014 14:05 ET

Growing Concerns Over Medical Professionals Abusing Drugs on the Job

Medical Professionals Abusing Drugs on the Job Is the New Plague Marring the Healthcare Industry and Hospital Administrations Keep Sweeping the Problem Under the Rug

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - May 12, 2014) - Now that Obamacare has been made a reality and everyone has affordable access to health insurance, how confident are you in your Doctor's hands? You go to your Doctor to get help in feeling better. You expect the best treatment possible but, how is that possible if your Doctors are popping pills themselves? National attention has been given to the health care industry lately about the ability to get coverage, but now that those headlines have subsided there is a newfound concern on being treated by a physician, or nurse, who might be abusing the pain medications they prescribe to their patients. Being scheduled for surgery is bad enough on its own, but now to have to worry about your attending physician being too impaired to perform a surgery, or worse yet, using the pain medication meant for you on themselves and then replacing it with saline solution.

More and more cases are popping up around the country where a doctor or nurse has injected themselves with a syringe of opioids prescribed to their patients and then refilled the syringe. In a recent case, a doctor infected with Hepatitis C was caught using a patient's anesthesia medication and refilling the used infected needles, then putting the needle back on the table. Dr. David Kwiatkowski was recently sentenced to 39 years in jail for leaving a trail of 45 unexplained Hepatitis C infection cases in his patients. In light of this situation some hospital administrations are trying to tackle this issue with one obvious solution that is not currently enforced; Drug Testing.

Often enough, when drug abuse issues come up involving medical professionals it is mostly swept under the rug. Administrations just send the drug addicts packing to look for another job, rarely are these thefts and drug abusers prosecuted. Healthcare facilities do not want to draw any unnecessary attention to themselves with these incidents for fear it will give them a black eye. Most medical professionals move on, looking for work in another state, knowing that none of their behavior will show up anywhere because they left quietly, leaving the problem unreported and unresolved. The recent cover up of a fatal overdose in a Miami hospital in which a nurse was discovered dead on the floor of the hospital restroom could have been avoided by pre-employment and random drug testing. Hospital administrators are left reeling in the wake of a storm because behaviors like this have gone unnoticed and untreated. HR ProFile has programs, services, and webinars to help hospitals around the country deal with this new nightmare plaguing the healthcare field. HR ProFile is fast becoming the new reference in the medical industry by working with healthcare facilities and clinics to make sure cases like these don't happen. With thorough drug testing and rehabilitation programs, HR ProFile can ensure patients get the best care possible, and hospital staff get the help they need. HR ProFile is working with medical facilities to prevent medical workers from just passing the buck by ensuring that before starting new employment they have successfully passed a drug abuse treatment program and have been rehabilitated.

HR ProFile has been working with the health care industry for over 15 years and has never had a lawsuit against the information they have provided on potential employees. Their clean track record has empowered hospital administrations tackle this new problem marring the medical profession and aiding in preventing hospitals from facing future malpractice suits.

HR ProFile has also become an active reference and leader in their field by providing webinars that help resolve such difficult issues in the work place. Don't miss their upcoming drug testing webinar presented by Brian Schwimmer, D.R.S. of Doctor's Review, a licensed MRO board. To register for the upcoming webinar June 19, 2014 at 2:00PM go to: For additional information on their May webinar please be sure to visit HR ProFile's website or to speak with someone about implementing a program like this at your company call 1-800-969-4300.

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