Hydromorphone Research Paper

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What is hydromorphone? Hydromorphone, also known as Dilaudid, is an opioid agonist analgesic. This drug produces “analgesia, euphoria, and sedation” (Karch, 2015, p. 608). It is used to treat moderate to severe pain in patients who have uncontrolled, chronic, and post-operative pain. Hydromorphone is notorious for causing adverse drug events (ADE). Adverse Drug Event “An adverse drug event (ADE) is an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug. This includes medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions, and overdoses” (Kohn, Corrigan, & Donaldson, 2017). These can occur due to the route, timing, dosage, wrong medication, and/or multiple medications given. Hydromorphone can be given via an IV, intramuscularly, orally, or rectally. When given frequently, in wrong doses, in patients who do not process medications as quickly, or in conjunction with other CNS depressants, respiratory depression or respiratory arrest may occur. “Progression to death during an opioid overdose emergency is usually not immediate as sedation generally precedes life-threatening opioid-induced respiratory depression” (Elzey, Barden, & Edwards, 2016, p. 216). When this…show more content…
As a leader of FMEA, the first one I would choose would be to form a team. By doing this we can investigate what the problem is with multiple eyes on the project. Next, you need to describe the problem. This will tell us what are we focusing on and what happened to cause this event. The third discipline is the RCA and escape point. This will tell us what we need to take action on. Permanent corrective action follows this and will create a solution to the problem. Finally, we will implement and validate the permanent corrective action and prevent recurrence. These two disciplines are the action to resolve the problem and implement the correct steps to take to prevent an adverse drug

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