Wednesday, May 30, 2018 • 12:45 - 14:15
Track Chair: Dr. Frank Scheuermeyer
Room: TELUS Exhibit Hall E

Managing Opioid Withdrawal and Drug Seeking in the Emergency Department - Dr. Sean Moore

Description: This talk will focus on the always stressful situation of assessing and managing patients who are requesting opioids or in need of withdrawal management in the emergency department. This rapidly changing field is complex, and requires specific knowledge of abuse patterns as well as an understanding of recovery, opioid replacement therapies, and withdrawal management. Specific tools, management protocols and the literature of ER addictions research will be presented and discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be aware of withdrawal management strategies and options for opioid replacement therapies in the emergency department.
  2. Understand best practices for assessing a patient who is requesting opioids or withdrawing from opioids.
  3. Gain knowledge of options to facilitate transitions to recovery or replacement therapy.

The Opioid Crisis, Harm Reduction and Opioid Prescribing - Dr. Nick Etches

Description: The opioid crisis continues unabated and has substantial impact on EDs. Conversely, EDs have an important role to play in the response, particularly in providing access to OAT and harm reduction interventions

Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide an update on the current state of the opioid crisis
  2. To discuss harm reduction
  3. To discuss opioid prescribing in the ED

Emergency Department Management of Patients with Presumed Fentanyl Overdose - Dr. Frank Scheuermeyer

Description: Opioid overdoses are an increasing problem in Canadian emergency departments, and no clinical guidelines exist to assist physicians. We present a systematic approach to risk stratification and management of patients with presumed fentanyl OD, and demonstrate that low-risk patients can be discharged safely after brief observation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Awareness of problem
  2. Risk stratification of patients with presumed overdose
  3. Safe discharge of patients with presumed overdose