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Jefferson Health - Abington Hard Wires Naloxone Distribution for ER Patients at Risk for Opioid Overdose

In an effort to impact the opioid epidemic, Jefferson Abington and Lansdale Hospitals, in collaboration with Montgomery County, have taken steps to better identify and provide life-saving medication to patients struggling with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Over a year ago, a process was implemented by Jefferson Health-Abington’s Behavioral Health and Pharmacy Departments establishing the distribution of naloxone (Narcan) to patients at risk for opioid overdose discharged from the Emergency Departments. Recently, an order was developed in Epic, the hospitals’ electronic medical record system that helps providers identify appropriate patients, streamline the workflow and encourage documentation of education offered to the patient.

Naloxone is an emergency prescription medication used to quickly reverse an opioid overdose. If opioids are present, Naloxone will counter the overdose by binding to the body’s opioid receptors to reverse and restore normal breathing within two to eight minutes.

Each Emergency Department patient suffering from OUD will leave Jefferson Abington Hospital or Jefferson Lansdale Hospital with Narcan nasal spray. The cost of the naloxone will be billed to the patient’s prescription insurance; patients who are uninsured will receive naloxone provided free through reimbursement by Montgomery County.

For more information about Naloxone and how to administer it, visit Naloxone: Rapidly Reverses an Opioid Overdose.

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