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Healthcare professionals strive every day to provide patients with the most effective, safe and beneficial care possible. The healthcare industry works hard to create the best care delivery within each practice setting and area of responsibility. However, it is when patients transition between these settings that dangerous situations may arise — not through any fault of the professionals involved, but because the system is very complex with no clearly defined specific responsibilities for effective patient hand-offs.

The National Transitions Of Care Coalition (NTOCC)  brought together thought leaders and representatives of different practice and professional settings to study the transitional challenges and identifying tools which can help improve transitions of care. The NTOCC recently released provider and consumer resources in opioid prescribing and management.

This is a consumer tool that allows patients and their caregivers to discuss with their providers issues and concerns about opioid use and management. Also included are two additional resources to provide information and support in understanding, managing and “Know Your Rights, Risks and Responsibilities” when opioids are prescribed.

Access these new resources on the NTOCC home page. A link to each of the resources is linked below:

1) Taking Care of My Pain Management
2) Know Your Rights, Risks and Responsibility 
3) About Prescribing Naloxone

August 31, 2019 is International Overdose Awareness Day: https://www.overdoseday.com/

Working together we can reduce transitional problems and ensure patient safety. The Great Plains QIN continues to partner with providers, pharmacists and stakeholders in our region to reduce misuse and overuse of opioids. Tools and resources for providers as well as educational events can be found on the Medication Safety section of our webpage.