Practical Implementation of Ed Opioid Use Disorder Strategies
The opioid epidemic has continued to worsen, accelerating during the Covid-19 pandemic with more overdose deaths reported nationally in the last year than ever previously recorded. The urgency with which we need to respond has never been greater. Emergency physicians, APPs, and pharmacists are on the front lines of this epidemic. Evolving medical treatment recommendations, a shifting regulatory environment, and variability in resources can make implementing the evidence-based tools to respond to this epidemic difficult. The goal of this conference is to offer an opportunity to provide evidence-based treatment recommendations for emergency providers with the goals of improving patient care, supporting practice updates, and facilitating discussion among regional emergency specialists with local experts in substance use disorder care. We will focus on practical strategies that can be universally adopted and discuss available clinical resources to support your practice.
The Allegheny County Substance Use Emergency Care Collaborative was established in 2019. The Collaborative consists of physician champions from 14 emergency departments throughout Allegheny County including UPMC, AHN, St. Clair, Heritage Valley, and VA hospitals. The mission of the collaborative is to share best practices and resources regarding the care of emergency department patients with substance use disorders (SUD) as well as advocating on behalf of emergency medicine providers.
Any Emergency Medicine provider including physicians, pharmacists, and APPs
1. Summarize recent local and national trends in drug overdoses
2. Demonstrate impact of Covid-19 pandemic on SUD trends
3. Discuss screening opportunities and validated tools for patients with SUD/OUD
4. Review the management of acute drug toxicity and withdrawal syndromes
5. Present strategies for initiation of medication treatment for opioid use disorder
6. Describe regulatory updates regarding buprenorphine prescribing and x-waivers
7. Define warm handoffs including available resources and practice implementation
8. Discuss harm reduction strategies and naloxone distribution strategies
9. Management in special populations including pregnant and pediatric patients
10. Review telehealth innovations available to assist emergency providers with immediate care and follow up for patients with substance use disorders
11. Offer opportunities for interactive discussion among colleagues and ongoing resources to support management of SUDs in the emergency department
Speaker: Michael Lynch, MD
• Trends in substance use and ED visits
• Impact of Covid pandemic on substance use
• Patient screening
9:25-9:55 Emergency Department Interventions for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder (30 minutes)
Speaker: Michael Lynch, MD
• Management of opioid withdrawal
• Buprenorphine induction, both immediate and home induction (including special populations)
• Naloxone Distribution
• Warm handoffs
10:00-10:25 Regulatory and Practice Updates Impacting ED OUD Treatment (25 minutes)
Speaker: Michael Lynch, MD
• Regulatory updates
• Available resources to support ED providers in practice
10:30-11:00 Panel Discussion and Conclusion
Moderator: Michael Lynch, MD
Physicians: Julia D’Alo MD, Michael Boyd MD
PharmDs: Andrea Sargent BS, PharmD, Pamela McCormick PharmD, BCPS, David Zimmerman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
APPs: Maura Lyle MPAS, PA-C, Nikki Antoszewski PA-C
11:00-11:30 Extra Time for Discussion/Networking - Moderator: Michael Lynch, MD
No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This knowledge-based activity provides 2.25 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.
Physician Assistant (AAPA)
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 2.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 2.25 AAPA Category I CME
- 2.25 ACPE PharmacyThe UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
- 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 2.25 Opioid Education
- 2.25 Attendance
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