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Treating Emergency Room Opioid Withdrawal with Buprenorphine

3:45pm - 4:30pm Monday, February 11
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Based on clinical evidence this organization determined that treating patients demonstrating opioid withdrawal using buprenorphine instead of methadone is more effective and less likely to cause an overdose. Buprenorphine includes potential side effects like respiratory depression. This session will demonstrate how they created a series of clinical decision support solutions to ensure that patients were screened for risk of respiratory depression prior to being prescribed buprenorphine. The speakers will then demonstrate how standard orders were leveraged to ensure that the patient received the correct medication while incorporating rapid access referral tools as part of the clinical workflow to drive those patients to rehabilitation services..

Learning Objectives: 

  • Analyze the clinical benefits of prescribing buprenorphine instead of other medication to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms
  • Outline how to design a clinical workflow which mitigates the risk associated with buprenorphine associated respiratory depression
  • Describe how to construct the key elements to embedded clinical decision support in the form of a buprenorphine order set to ensure that opioid withdrawal patients receive the most effective care at the right time


Advanced Practice Clinical Leader (Nursing), Acute Care Program,
Centre For Addiction and Mental Health
Director, Interprofessional Practice,
Centre For Addiction and Mental Health


Clinical Informaticists
Pharmacy Professional