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The United States is battling a deadly epidemic against opioid abuse and misuse, which began as a result of pharmaceutical companies purposely downplaying the addictive potential of their opioid medications. In 2016, a Colorado health care system developed a groundbreaking alternative to opioids (ALTO) protocol for acute pain relief in the Emergency Department (ED). This protocol was adapted and implemented in the Beaumont Troy ED and is the focus of this current study. The primary goal of this study is to characterize the impact of the ALTO protocol on the rate of opioid and non-opioid administration in the ED for acute pain relief.
Ford E, Rocco V, Jones J, Karabon P. A Multimodal approach to reducing opioid administration in the emergency department. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2022 May 2; Rochester Hills, MI.