Ensure Safe Use if Patients in the ED Need an Opioid

Your hospital will continue to focus on strategies to ensure safe and appropriate opioid use in emergency department patients.

Think about alternatives to opioids...or "ALTO" therapies...first. We know to use NSAIDs and acetaminophen...but also consider the role of IV ketamine, lidocaine, and others.

Suggest creating ED order sets that start with non-opioids for common acute pain conditions, such as fractures or renal colic.

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