Advocate Sherman Hospital’s Emergency Room in Elgin, IL, as well as its satellite emergency care facilities, began enforcing new stricter guidelines for the use of opiates on Tuesday, August 1.
Under these new guidelines, medical staff will no longer be permitted to prescribe patients with long-acting opiates, will no longer prescribe more than a short dose of painkillers and will no longer refill destroyed, stolen or lost prescriptions.
The new rules in place also prohibit staff from using the exceptionally powerful painkiller Dilaudid at all, with the only exceptions being for people who suffered serious trauma or cancer patients.
Dilaudid, an opiate approximately 10 times more powerful than morphine, has become a notable issue, with a number of people suffering from opioid addictions visiting emergency rooms with the express purpose of obtaining this drug.
These changes follow in the footsteps of other practices in place at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, a nearby hospital in Downers Grove, IL.
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