WORLD EMERGENCY MEDICINE SOCIETIES & RELATED

Search

Content:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Opioids in the ED

Your Boot Camp Guide to Emergency Medicine
OPIODS IN THE ED 
EM Basic - By Dr. Sheyna Gifford
"It’s no secret that we have a major opioid problem in the United States. The number of people addicted to opioids has reached epidemic proportions and we are certainly seeing this everyday in the Emergency Department. In this episode Dr. Sheyna Gifford discusses a few facts about the scope of this epidemic, the basics of recognizing opioid overdose, and initial stabilization and treatment. She’ll discuss the many different ways of using naloxone (aka Narcan) that we can utilize to wake up patients safely and without precipitating acute withdrawal.
In part 2, Dr Sheyna Gifford will discuss the how to differentiate opioid overdose from other causes of altered mental status, some special disposition situations (especially with methadone), and how we can quickly screen for opioid abuse and provide patients compassionate care, treatment, and referral."