Peter Holden, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and his peers recently formed a statewide task force under the auspices of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and compiled a list of nine best practices to improve the management of opioid use in hospital emergency departments (EDs). During a webinar with the MHA, Holden detailed how using these recommendations has helped Beth Israel cut the number of painkillers prescribed in its ED by 25%.
Those nine best practices are as follows:
All 51 MHA members with EDs have put the recommendations into effect. They are hoping to complete phase 2––adopting similar best practices at hospital and health-system outpatient clinics––by the end of this month. In the coming months, phase 3 will target private medical offices.