On Friday, June 2, 2017, Memorial Hospital of Converse County (MHCC) officials placed a Registered Nurse on administrative leave after discovering the nurse had been diverting Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), a Schedule II narcotic since September of 2016. According to CEO Ryan Smith, hospital pharmacy staff discovered irregularities in the access of Dilaudid during a routine review of the hospital’s Pyxis MedStation™ automated medication dispensing system on June 2, 2017. Red flags also showed in the pharmacy following the discovery.
Ryan J. Harris has been identified as the nurse, according to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.
An estimate of about 400 patients could have been affected by the diversion of Hydromorphone. Harris’ demeanor changed recently, exhibiting behavioral changes. He has confessed to the hospital and information has been turned over to the DEA and the Douglas Police Department.
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