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4 Strategies for Documenting the Opioid Crisis

ESO Staff

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016, and an estimated 40 percent of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. As the opioid crisis continues to rise, first responders are not only challenged to respond to these calls but to document critical overdose information to track trends and appropriate response protocols.

To ensure your personnel are prepared and ready to respond, here are four strategies:

  1. Train on Key Terms and Usage. Before adding or changing protocols for documentation, take time to review key terms and how to appropriately use the protocol. When everyone is on the same page, you’re more likely to have accurate and consistent documentation.
  2. Know Which Opioids are in Use. Synthetic opioids such as IMF (illicitly manufactures fentanyl) increased the death rate by 10.6 percent in 2016. When providers encounter opioids on scene, they should document the source of the opioid and the name of the opioid consumed.
  3. Explore Social Services Options. As more providers partner with law enforcement and social service organizations to encourage opioid users to participate in rehabilitation programs, use documentation protocols to keep track of patients who are willing to enroll in these programs. These types of statistics can track the efficacy of these treatment and recovery support services.
  4. Analyze Results and Share. Results collected from opioid overdose forms can enhance public health data to improve the speed to insight and inform public health responses to the crisis. The data collected within ePCR can help support additional research and identify new opportunities for interventions and develop stronger training programs for first responders. .

For more on these strategies as well as two additional strategies, download “Documenting the Opioid Crisis” today.

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