Risk And Risk Management Department : A Plan For Reducing The Frequency And Severity Of Accidents And Injuries

1283 WordsMay 31, 20166 Pages
Each day to day event creates endless possibilities to emerge, an afternoon of rain can lead to an enjoyable afternoon of jumping in water puddles or having mud fights with neighborhood friends but for another that same rain could lead to a broken ankle from slipping on a wet floor. Risk as defined by Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2014) is "situations in which it is possible but not certain that some undesirable event will occur." Each choice that is made has a certain amount of risk involved, we weight the amount of perceived risk against the possible positive outcomes to determine whether that risk is acceptable or not. The medical profession, just like any other profession, deals with a certain amount of "risk." It is the job…show more content…
The department has to analyze all of the information about narcotic use, abuse and potential outcomes of establishing or not establishing a protocol to impose hospital agreed upon restrictions of treatment for individuals who are found to be potentially abusing opioid narcotics. This process has to meet regulatory standards of care and evidenced based practices (EBP) but also take into consideration of the needs of the medical providers, staff and patient. Identify the Problem The Emergency Department (ED) see approximately 2000 patients each week, the patient volume increasing between the months of October thru March. Of these patients that are seen, approximately 27% have a known history of chronic pain with repeated visits to the hospital ED to be treated with and receive a prescription for opioid narcotics. Review of a narcotic database identifies that many of these patients have received multiple prescriptions for opioid narcotics from other facilities and other providers in recent weeks. Other hospitals in the city have created a chronic pain treatment protocol for such identified patients in order to decrease the number of prescribed narcotics issued in the ED and to decrease patient ED visits by encouraging chronic pain patients to return or become established with a pain management specialist. Statistics The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2016) reports that there has been a staggering
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