Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids (RADEO) Implementation Guide

Resource Location: https://www.hospitalmedicine.org/clinical-topics/opioid-safety/

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

Provides step-by-step guidance to assist hospital teams in implementing a quality improvement program to improve patient safety and reduce opioid-related adverse events for patients receiving opioids, including:

  • Instituting safer opioid prescribing practices resulting in fewer adverse events, like dangerous over sedation, respiratory depression and death
  • Focusing on hospitalized patients, with essential building blocks for developing a quality improvement initiative addressing the inpatient setting
  • Creating a quality improvement project team in your hospital, gaining institutional support and securing buy-in of frontline staff to ensure successful implementation
  • Developing strategies for evaluating current processes, facilitating policy formation, identifying best practices and tracking progress against implementation goals
  • Optimizing care transitions for patients on opioid therapy in the outpatient setting
  • Exploring a customized approach to address the specific needs of your hospital
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Focus Area: Adverse Drug Events, Opioid Stewardship / Behavioral Health