Opioids stop pain quickly. They're consistently reimbursed, and few alternatives are as effective or affordable.
Despite their effectiveness, long-term opioid use can often lead to dependence and misuse. Many organizations have worked to rethink their pain management practices and their reliance on opioids in their protocols.
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Providing comprehensive pain management
Connecting patients with chronic pain to care during a pandemic
Vizient partnered with subject matter experts to develop a guide for establishing a comprehensive pain management program that includes opioid stewardship. The guide presents key elements and attributes of a program as it progresses from a basic to mature level.
Podcast series featuring healthcare leaders
Our podcast series features leaders from leading health systems discussing topics impacting providers across the country. Access our podcast channels to learn more.
Lehigh Valley Health Network recently participated in a Vizient Performance Improvement Collaborative that reduced the use of opioids in orthopedic surgery. The key to success was convincing clinicians to join the initiative and fully participate. On this podcast, you’ll hear from two leaders at Lehigh Valley who share how they used data to accomplish this goal.
On this two-part series of our award-winning podcast, we discuss medication safety and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted it. Leading pharmacy experts join Tom Villanueva, Senior Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality at Vizient, in this series to examine how health care organizations can manage scarce resources and keep medication safety in the forefront of their care.
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