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Initiating Medication-Assisted Treatment in the Emergency Department

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Amid the national opioid crisis, essential hospitals are stepping up to serve populations most vulnerable to opioid use disorder (OUD). Participants gained best practices for initiating medication-assisted treatment in an emergency department (ED) for patients with OUD, based on the evidence-based intervention from D’Onofrio, et al.

Emily Kauffman, DO, an ED physician at essential hospital The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus, shared her experience with this innovative approach, including:

  • how to develop a protocol to identify and confirm OUD;
  • how to understand scales used to assess opioid withdrawal;
  • appropriateness and timing of Suboxone dosing;
  • patient instructions for home initiation of Suboxone;
  • how to distribute Naloxone;
  • approaches to care coordination; and
  • effective training for physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, and other clinical care team members.

Participants heard how Kauffman responded to program challenges, and gained successful approaches to take home to their hospital.


Emily Kauffman, DO
Emergency Medicine Physician
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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