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Colorado hospitals testing alternatives to opioid pain medications

Posted: 6:01 PM, Oct 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-02 18:27:22-04
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DENVER — A pilot program designed to address the opioid epidemic was launched in 10 Colorado hospitals, the Colorado Hospital Association announced in a release Tuesday.

The Colorado Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic is a safety initiative that will test the efficacy of new opioid prescribing guidelines, the release read.

The new prescribing guidelines emphasize the use of alternatives to opioids as the first-line treatment for painful conditions in the inpatient setting, according to CHA.

The following hospitals are participating in the six-month pilot program:

  • Gunnison Valley Health
  • Longmont United Hospital
  • Lutheran Medical Center
  • Rio Grande Hospital
  • San Luis Valley Health
  • Sky Ridge Medical Center
  • Spanish Peaks Regional Medical Center
  • St. Anthony North Health Campus
  • UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center
  • University of Colorado Hospital

The program was launched after CHA saw a “significant reduction” in the number of opioid administrations during a similar safety pilot conducted in Colorado emergency rooms in 2017.