Clinical care standard indicators: Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain - Acute care edition
Identifying and definitional attributes
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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed these indicators to support health service organisations to monitor implementation of the care described in the Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard - Acute care edition (ACSQHC 2022). The indicators included in this specification are a tool to support local clinical quality improvement and may be used to support other quality assurance and peer review activities.
The goal of the standard is to ensure the appropriate use and review of opioid analgesics for the management of acute pain to optimise patient outcomes and reduce the potential for opioid-related harm.
The standard relates to the care of people of all ages with acute pain for whom opioid analgesics may be considered or prescribed. It covers patients presenting with acute pain to the emergency department (ED) or following surgery, up to and including, discharge from hospital. It includes care provided by relevant members of the interdisciplinary team, such as specialist services for paediatrics, acute pain services, drug and alcohol services, clinical pharmacy services and allied health services.
The standard does not cover:
The standard applies to care provided in the following care settings:
A clinical care standard contains a small number of quality statements that describe the clinical care expected for a specific clinical condition or procedure. Indicators are included for some quality statements to help health service organisations monitor how well they are implementing the care recommended in the clinical care standard.
The quality statements that are included in the Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard - Acute care edition are as follows:
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