Collaboration in a Crisis: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Opioid Stewardship
By 2015, the national opioid crisis had made its way into Calvert County, Maryland. Facing an influx of overdoses and patients exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors in the ED, CalvertHealth established its award-winning Opioid Stewardship program and task force. This multidisciplinary team worked to re-educate physicians regarding appropriate dosing and to revise prescribing guidelines, advocating for the use of non-prescription painkillers instead of opioids when possible. As a result, Calvert’s Opioid Stewardship Program exceeded their original goals and reduced opioid prescriptions in the ED by 26% in just six months. Additionally, Calvert has achieved a 94% decline in dilaudid use and a 46% decrease in the use of other opioids.
In this session, Calvert’s Chief Innovation Officer and VP of Information Services Phil Campbell will explain the development of Calvert’s Opioid Stewardship Program and task force, as well as Calvert’s Dilaudid Free ED Initiative that halted the use of dilaudids as a first line medication. He’ll explain how Calvert enlisted community stakeholders, such as the Calvert County Health Department, in their efforts to spread awareness of the dangers of opioid misuse. The organization also used data from Maryland’s state HIE (CRISP) to distinguish patients suffering pain from “frequent flyers” with underlying addictions.
- Assess the value of creating an opioid stewardship program.
- Identify ways to achieve physician buy-in for new technological innovations that discourage opioid use.
- Discuss how to educate physicians on appropriate dosing and alternatives to opioids.
- Examine the specific IT tools that can assist with patient pain management and encourage appropriate dosing.
- Discuss the importance of building partnerships with community stakeholders to combat opioid abuse.
Start Date: 02/06/2019
Event Type: Archived , CHIME
Phil Campbell, Chief Information Officer at Calvert Health Medical Center
Hoda Sayed-Friel, Executive Vice President at Meditech
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