ACSQHC draft standard open for comment
3rd September 2021
New standard for opioid analgesics to treat acute pain in hospitals
Are you involved in treating patients who have acute pain in the hospital setting? If so, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) want your input to their draft clinical care standard for opioid analgesics, now open for public consultation.
The Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard will guide appropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics for the management of acute pain, in patients presenting to hospital emergency departments and post-surgical patients.
Up to 70 per cent of Australian hospitals report sending patients home with powerful opioid analgesics ‘just-in-case’. The new standard supports opioid analgesic stewardship, which uses a framework to apply a systematic approach to optimise the use of these medicines.
Provide your feedback
Clinicians, pharmacists and health services who work with patients in the hospital setting are invited to view and comment on the draft Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard.
The ACSQHC is seeking comments on the draft clinical care standard and supporting resources until midnight Monday, 4 October 2021.
If you have questions about the draft standard or the consultation, please contact our Clinical Care Standards team at CCS@safetyandquality.gov.au.