Thursday, May 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.
Summary from 5/23 Pacing Event: “Implementing Opioid Stewardship at the Health-System Level: Strategies, Results, and What We’ve Learned from Antimicrobial Stewardship”
Building on the April 4th Pacing Event, this session highlighted two health systems’ opioid stewardship efforts. Specifically, Blessing Health (IL) discussed how it used its best practices and lessons learned from antimicrobial stewardship efforts to quickly design and implement an opioid stewardship program to address the shortage of intravenous opioids, with results such as increased use of non-opioid analgesics, decreased length of stay for surgical patients, and decreased surgical complications. Virginia Mason Medical Center (WA) then discussed its data-driven and culture change efforts to implement opioid stewardship across the acute care and ambulatory settings, with a focus on understanding the needs of patients with acute pain versus those with chronic pain, and the prescribing practice changes they have achieved.
The guest presenters for this event were:
Mary Barthel, MD, FACP, SFHM, Chief Quality and Safety Officer, and Infection Control Officer at Blessing Health in Illinois (Vizient HIIN), who discussed her hospital’s pain management stewardship efforts that began as a result of the late 2017/early 2018 intravenous opioid shortage
Angie McDaniel, MSN, RN, CNL, CPHQ, Quality Improvement Specialist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Washington (WSHA HIIN), who discussed her hospital and ambulatory care practice efforts to implement opioid stewardship through efforts that include analyzing prescribing patterns and exploring patient needs.
The session was moderated by Bruce Spurlock, MD (NCD).