While certainly   possible, a media suggestion  of a single very  bad actor( with other issues)  only serves to  move the beam of scrutiny away from the institution and it’s practices and oversight, which would include  monitoring of employees health, it  provides cover. Sales representatives that  visit clinical areas in  most/all  hospitals  must provide drug test results, and have up to date immunizations.

This always  blows me away when I view the crowd at visiting  time, at any hospital.

Cath labs typically are staffed by a small group of employees, much smaller than an average ICU in a community hospital.

A Cath  lab the size of Exeter’s would  employ about 8 -12 people. If they were doing interventions(emergency 24-7) that count  might  double.

Exeter was one of the pioneers  doing catheterization without also  having a heart  program  and many  community hospitals throughout the Northeast followed suit. Exeter most likely did not earn this distinction without a good program and sound policies, though slippage can occur in  any organization.

These community  facilities  are still regulated on the type of intervention they can  schedule.

Only an RN can push drugs, and the employment of CV techs is a subject for discussion in the health care  community and a no no. Some facilities  might take the position that a tech can administer drugs, since a RN  was  in the unit.

It is  unlikely  with such a small staff that an employee abusing drugs is the culprit.


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