Patient safety tool: ECRI podcast on reducing opioid-related harms

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The ECRI Institute has published a podcast featuring Stephanie Uses, a patient safety analyst, discussing five ways clinicians can reduce harms associated with opioids.

The podcast also touches on monitoring for respiratory depression in patients on opioids, one of the ECRI Institute's "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations" for 2016.

Some best practices Ms. Uses discusses include:

1. Detecting patient deterioration as early as possible

2. Monitoring patients with capnography

3. Ensuring the highest risk individuals are monitored

4. Utilizing electronic reminder alerts to monitor patients

5. Empowering nurses to drive the protocol

To access the full podcast, click here.

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