Opioid crisis is meeting topic

VDMC?to host session at clinic

In participation with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Van Diest Medical Center has rolled out its latest innovative project; the Opioid Guardianship Quality Improvement Project. This project is designed to ensure all patients being sent home with opioids have a treatment care plan aimed at utilizing non-opioid treatment options, and decreasing the need for opioid use.

Dr. Tom Evans, President and CEO of IHC said, “In alignment with CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative is initiating the Opioid Guardianship Project across Iowa communities. This effort will be spread by way of partnerships with participating Compass Hospital Improvement Innovation Network hospitals around the State. Through this work, IHC is facilitating improved

communication between healthcare providers, patients, and families about the safe and effective use of opioids for realistic comfort management.”

As part of the Opioid Guardianship Project, Van Diest Medical Center will be holding a Community Meeting Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Clinic Board Room. There will be information on what safe and effective comfort management looks like. Community members, which includes patients and families, are invited to join us for a round-table discussion during the event.

It is no secret that America is in the grips of an opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths. Nearly half of all those opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid (www.cdc.gov).