Risk Management Pitfalls For Pain Management
“I thought the patient was just seeking pain medication to get high.”
Drug-seeking behavior is a difficult problem in the ED, and it is one to which there is not a simple answer. If serious concern exists, an attempt may be made to validate the patient’s claims (eg, calling the primary provider, reviewing pharmacy dispensing records, etc), but this is often unsuccessful, and the individual solution may rest with the clinician’s judgment or departmental policy.
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