MMC Joins New Opioid Guardianship Project

Opioid HeadIn participation with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Myrtue Medical Center has rolled out its latest innovative project; the Opioid Guardianship Quality Improvement Project. This project is designed to ensure all patients being sent home with opioids have a treatment care plan aimed at utilizing non-opioid treatment options, and decreasing the need for opioid use. As part of the Opioid Guardianship Project, Myrtue Medical Center will be holding a Community Meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Therkildsen Center 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  There will be information on what safe and effective comfort management looks like. Community members, which include patients and families, are invited to join us for a round-table discussion during the event.

Dr. Tom Evans, President and CEO of IHC states, “In alignment with CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative is initiating the Opioid Guardianship Project across Iowa communities. This effort will be spread by way of partnerships with participating Compass Hospital Improvement Innovation Network hospitals around the State. Through this work, IHC is facilitating improved communication between healthcare providers, patients, and families about the safe and effective use of opioids for realistic comfort management.”

It is no secret that America is in the grips of an opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths. Nearly half of all those opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid (www.cdc.gov).

Join us on Thursday, Sept 21, 2017 at the Therkildsen Center from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the opioid crisis.