CyberLock Helps Nevada Fire Department Manage Narcotics
Clark County Fire Department has implemented the CyberLock system of electronic lock cylinders and programmable keys to manage and control access to their controlled substances. As the largest fire department in the State of Nevada, Clark County provides emergency services to an area encompassing 7,910 square miles that includes the Las Vegas Strip and neighboring resort townships.
They run a dual medical response system that incorporates their fire department and private ambulance companies operating under franchise agreements.
The State of Nevada mandates that all fire departments and private ambulance companies that run EMS calls must be under the oversight of an independent Medical Director and a QA Director. Dr. Dale Carrison, Emergency Medicine Physician at University Medical Center, is Clark County’s Medical Director.
The department’s controlled substances are obtained under Dr. Carrison’s license. Clark County’s QA Director, Jo Ellen Hannom, RN, is instrumental in the physical tracking and coding of drugs as they arrive directly from the manufacturer.
“We needed a system that could provide accountability and help us track the handling of our narcotics,” said Jeff Reagor, Clark County Fire Department EMS supervisor.
After researching available options, Clark County F.D. chose the CyberLock system for tracking their narcotics. Since May, 2008, they have installed CyberLocks on 25 narcotic safes in the fire stations themselves and 46 on rescue vehicle narcotic safes.
“The CyberLock system has been very easy for us to manage,” Reagor said. “Each time we get a new rescue vehicle, our division mechanics install a narcotic safe and the CyberLock cylinder in a matter of minutes.”
The CyberLock system’s electronic locks and keys record openings and unauthorized attempts to open their narcotic safes. The audit report allows the department to confirm that the responsible person is taking inventory, checking drug expiration dates, and insuring that the drugs have not been tampered with. Each narcotic safe has to be inventoried daily, in the morning during shift-change. If a safe has been opened any other time of the day, it must correspond with an emergency call.
“CyberLock has worked very well for Clark County,” Reagor said. “The accountability the system provides is extremely important to us. The department is very pleased with how CyberLock has helped us in the regulation and management of our controlled substances.”