New Narcotics Safe, Medixsafe, Protects Medics from Addiction and Blame

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By Creating an Electronic Audit Trail, Medixsafe™ Offers Accountability and Security with New Narcotics Safe.

EMS providers have direct access to powerful narcotics and combined with a high-stress job, can lead some to find comfort through chemicals like morphine and Fentanyl. Imagine finding out your co-worker is a drug addict and your employer thinks you stole the missing drugs out of the ambulance safe. Worse, being the patient who received tap water instead of Fentanyl for their pain.

May 2010, Seattlepi reported: “paramedic Bradley C. Allen admitted to Camas police he siphoned the prescription painkiller Fentanyl out of pre-loaded syringes, then refilling them with tap water. Allen, a 22-year veteran of the fire department admitted to stealing morphine and Fentanyl for the past three years.”

October 2008, Ventura Star reported: “admitting to forging medical logs and stealing narcotics to feed a personal drug addiction, a high-level paramedic at Ventura County's largest ambulance provider has been suspended. John Wilson is suspected of stealing morphine and Versed, and replacing the supply with a saline solution. Because federal drug laws were involved, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department turned the case over to the FBI.”

January 2011, FireRescue1 reported: “The way things are now, if drugs go missing, everyone who came into contact with the drug storage compartment (often just a Plexiglas cabinet) gets questioned. The Medixsafe™ audit trail helps investigators limit their search to just those names on the audit trail.

It's a much-needed solution to a persistent problem, according to John McGuire, a paramedic with the Jericho, New York and New York City fire departments.

McGuire has been using the Medixsafe™ for more than 14 months and the main effect he's seen is deterrence. "Everyone knows you can't get into the Medixsafe™ without being detected."

Medixsafe™ is made of ten gauge powder-coated steel (not aluminum) and requires dual access for entry. This means the user needs a combination of a pin number, proximity card and fingerprint scan to open the safe. Medixsafe™ units allow administrators to add, delete and modify users and download event history remotely from an administrator’s desk.

Medixsafe™ puts control and host interface right on the Ambulance or Fire Truck. MedixSafe II is a true IP solution that manages up to 44,000 cardholders or credentials in complete and full featured host systems. A fully integrated processor makes this one of a kind! It records every time the safe opens. MedixSafe II is a leap forward in high security access for controlled narcotics cabinets. It combines the ease of proximity technology with the power and convenience of remote network IP solutions, resulting in a complete audit trail.

Medixsafe™ was created by ESSC Corp., a Memphis-based, electronic security and network cabling company with over 30 years in the security arena. Find them on the Web at http://www.medixsafes.com/ms2.html

Sources:
http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/Charge-Paramedic-swapped-painkillers-with-tap-894835.php
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2008/oct/07/paramedic-suspended-over-narcotics-thefts/
http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/apparatus-accessories/articles/957907-MedixSafe-protects-medics-from-addiction-and-blame/

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