Sharp Statement on Missing Drugs
May 3, 2019
At Sharp HealthCare, patient safety is our top priority. It was never our intent to record patients as part of our 2012-13 investigation into missing drugs. The sole purpose of our investigation, which concluded six years ago, was to determine how potentially powerful drugs like propofol were disappearing from the anesthesia cart in each of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s three Women’s Center operating rooms. Missing drugs could result in a significant patient safety issue. It is also important to note that:
- Through a surveillance camera installed on/or next to each anesthesia cart, the year-long investigation allowed Sharp to identify an individual who we believed was improperly removing the drugs;
- Although the cameras were intended to only record individuals in front of the anesthesia carts, others, including patients and medical personnel in the operating rooms, were at times visible to the camera and recorded without sound;
- The recordings in our possession have been kept secure since the 2012-13 investigation concluded; and
- The surveillance methods used in this case were only used in 2012-13.
For more information about this matter, please read Sharp’s letter to the San Diego community.