MHA Guidelines for ED Opioid Management
MHA, at the direction of its Board of Trustees, formed a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SAPTTF or task force) with the goal of developing provider-focused strategies and best practices to address the increase in misuse of opioid pain medication across the Commonwealth.
The MHA guidelines address opioid prescribing practices within hospital Emergency Departments (ED). The task force's hospital workgroup - chaired by Ali Raja, MD, vice chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital - seeks to establish a baseline ED operational practice that will:
standardize opioid prescribing practices,
provide guidance on screening patients seeking opioid prescriptions,
offer information on appropriate pain management and treatment, and
help identify resources for patients needing substance use treatment.
The goal is to better enable ED providers to take an active role in limiting inappropriate access to opioid pain medications. These guidelines have been endorsed and approved by the MHA Board of Trustees, which also directed all hospitals to consider adopting it in an appropirate time frame.
MHA Guidelines ED Opioid Management
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