New Protocol for Opioid-Fueled Emergencies
A growing number of emergency departments are employing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), which combines medication intervention and behavioral therapy to quickly initiate recovery. The results are better outcomes, reduced readmissions, and improved ED efficiency.
Widespread acceptance of this treatment is largely being driven by three factors:
- With MAT vs. traditional treatment, patients are almost twice as likely to stay in a 30-day treatment program.
- Patients use fewer inpatient addiction-treatment services.
- As opioid-related visits and readmissions overwhelm EDs, earlier and more effective treatment is required.
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