Getting the Lowdown on Opioids
A recent survey conducted by the National Patient Safety Foundation showed gaps in health professionals’ knowledge regarding use of opioid painkillers. Only two-thirds of respondents were familiar with the Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert on the Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals, for example, and only 14% were familiar with the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention.
It may come as no surprise, then, that one of the most well-attended breakout sessions at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress in May focused on “DEA Drug Trends.” Thomas Prevoznik, liaison unit chief for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, addressed some of the current questions health professionals have about what they can do to mitigate unintended harm from opioids.
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