Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Opioid-Safety-Stewardship
9B Opioid Safety Stewardship

While opioids can alleviate significant pain in hospitalized patients, there is a risk of overdose, respiratory depression, or addiction. In parallel with antimicrobial stewardship programs, opioid safety stewardship involves the careful consideration of the necessity of the drug, identification of patients at risk for adverse events, and the judicious distribution of the drug.

Executive summary checklist

The current opioid crisis is a public health and patient safety issue that is devastating the United States, and one that negatively impacts patients, families, communities, healthcare professionals, and healthcare organizations. The management of acute and chronic pain can be complex. Prescription opioids, when used appropriately, can be an important

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