ED implements no narcotic prescription policy

From the Moultrie Observer:

Colquitt Regional Medical Center has adopted a procedure that will limit dispensing and prescribing narcotic medications in its emergency room.

The hospital’s new policy is to prescribe no narcotics in the emergency department but to refer patients to specialists who can better evaluate and treat their conditions. The new policy is designed to treat patients in the appropriate setting rather than the emergency department, which is specifically designed to treat emergency cases.

Colquitt Regional’s new procedure will channel patients to physicians who can perform a more thorough evaluation and allow the emergency department to provide a higher quality of care and better access to patients needing emergency care, according to Dena Zinker, MSN, RN, assistant vice president of nursing.

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