Olympia Orthopaedic Associates rolls out opioid initiative: 3 steps to know

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | December 12, 2018 | Print  |

Olympia (Wash.) Orthopaedic Associates launched new opioid protocol to educate residents and limit the number of prescriptions written, according to Gray's Harbor Talk.

Here are the three steps:

1. The Bree Collaborative — This was established in 2011 by the Washington State Legislature. A pain management standard was created for various procedures performed at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, including hip replacements.

2. Alternatives to opioids for pain management — Surgeons at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates are looking at other ways to manage patients' pain, including non-narcotic therapies. Physicians utilize acupuncture and massage therapy.

3. Proper disposal of narcotics — Olympia Orthopaedic Associates is educating staff and patients on the correct way to dispose unused opioids, such as delivering them to police stations and local pharmacies.

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