Prescribing Opioids for Pain Management and Use of Opioids in the Emergency Department

From the AJMC:

Prescribing Opioids in the Emergency Department

The intended audience of these CDC guidelines is primary care clinicians who are treating patients with chronic pain, and although “some of the recommendations might be relevant for acute care settings or other specialists, such as emergency physicians,” those settings are not the focus of the report.9 Acute care practitioners are instead advised to consult resources like the emergency department (ED) prescribing guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The below guidelines are compiled from the following sources: Washington State Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, as summarized by the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids in the Emergency Department13; New York City Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines14; Maryland Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines15; ACEP’s Clinical Policy: Critical Issues in the Prescribing of Opioids for Adult Patients in the Emergency Department16; and American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for the Treatment of Non-Cancer Related Pain.17 – See more at:

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