Media Release - New standard to avoid long-term harm from opioid analgesics
On 27 April 2022, the Commission released the new national Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard.
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A new standard of care will help thousands of Australians at risk from long-term reliance on opioid analgesics following short-term use for acute pain in hospital.
Released today, the first national Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard, developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), sets out appropriate use of opioid analgesics in the emergency department and after surgery.
The new standard encourages doctors to consider alternate analgesics and, where opioids are required, promotes planning for their cessation.