NorthCrest Recognized for Reduction in Opioid Use

In April 2018, NorthCrest Medical Center committed to reducing the dosage and the overall use of opioids administered in their emergency department alongside 37 other hospitals across Tennessee. By joining the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Opioid Light Emergency Department Collaborative Pilot, NorthCrest committed to fighting the opioid addiction crisis affecting many Tennesseans. Of those 38 facilities, NorthCrest Medical Center was one of 30 facilities who was able to complete all of the requirements of the collaborative pilot and received recognition at THA’s 4th statewide Medication Safety Summit.

An essential component of the pilot was implementing five pain pathways which utilized alternatives to opioids (ALTOs) whenever possible for five commonly seen diagnoses in the emergency department. By tracking Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MMEs) and the number of patients who received any opioid while in the Emergency Department, NorthCrest was able to show improvements through the guidelines of the program.

NorthCrest is honored to be recognized within the state for our team’s work against opioid drug abuse.

Staff with Opioid Light Award

Pictured (left to right): Holly Blake, RN; Keith Kuboske, Director of Pharmacy, and Becky Pierce, RN, ER Nurse Manager