October 1, 2016
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Emergency providers take a leading role in developing pain management guidelines, linking patients to care for underlying issues.
Based on new research, administrators at Yale New Haven Hospital have worked to bolster infrastructure in the ED to initiate buprenorphine for patients who present with opiate addictions and are candidates for medication-assisted therapy.
A community approach leverages law enforcement, medical personnel, and addiction treatment providers, bringing resources to patients and families who are struggling with an addiction problem.
A good warm handoff program includes several components, all designed to ensure patients with addiction problems are connected to a treatment plan as soon as their medical emergency has been addressed.