Are opioids safe for your patient?
Yvonne D'Arcy CRNP, CNS, MS

April 2009 
Volume 39  Number 4
Pages 40 - 44
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D'Arcy, Yvonne CRNP, CNS, MS

Issue: Volume 39(4), April 2009, p 40–44 Publication Type: [Features] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Yvonne D'Arcy is a pain management and palliative care nurse practitioner at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and a member of the Nursing2009 editorial advisory board. Meet Ms. D'Arcy when she speaks at the Nursing2009 Symposium in Orlando, Fla., May 6 to 9, 2009. Used incorrectly, these powerful drugs can cause significant harm. Protect your patients by learning and following the latest safety guidelines discussed here. Figure. No caption available.

WIDELY USED TO MANAGE both acute and chronic pain, opioids are generally considered safe for most patients when properly administered. But a growing body of research on medication safety issues, plus ongoing reports of patient harm from opioid errors or misuse, has put these powerful drugs under increasing scrutiny.

Because of the risks associated with opioids, safety initiatives ...

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