Free CME Prescription Opioid Training & Prescribing Guidelines

Free Online CME credits are available for health care providers from the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  The purpose of the training is to help providers further reduce opioid misuse in Arizona. Course is worth $150. Register here: www.vlh.com/azprescribing. Course Details: There is increasing evidence that opioid medications are over-prescribed and poorly managed. Prescribers may be unaware of appropriate opioid risk management strategies, non-opioid approaches, and chronic pain treatment resources. The online courses will familiarize prescribers with current guidelines for opioid use and prescribing, and non-opioid strategies for pain management.   Learning Objectives: Appropriately use a range of therapeutic options when managing patients with chronic pain. Comply with current opioid risk-management practices, including the use of pain contracts and urine drug testing. Educate patients on the proper use, storage, and disposal of opioid medications. Use preferred modalities and medications for the treatment of acute and chronic non-terminal pain. Assess when it would be appropriate or not for a pregnant patient to undergo medically-supervised withdrawal from heroin.   Also available from Arizona Department of Health Services are the FREE Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines available through the mail in packs of 10 here: http://www.azhealth.gov/OrderRxGuidelines Or download the guidelines in PDF format here: https://www.azdhs.gov/documents/audiences/clinicians/clinical-guidelines-recommendations/prescribing-guidelines/az-opioid-prescribing-guidelines.pdf… Continue reading

SEAHEC’s Suzanne David: “A Pioneer” in Building Rural Emergency Response Capacity”

Suzanne David

On January 27th, southeast Arizona’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community presented SEAHEC’s Assistant Director Suzanne David with the EMS on the Border Lifetime Achievement Award at SEAHEC’s 25th Annual EMS on the Border Conference. The award was presented in honor of her 25 years of exemplary service and leadership in helping emergency medical services (EMS) personnel build their capacity to respond to community needs using the latest information and technical knowledge. Continue reading