Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: In January 2018, the Joint Commission implemented new and revised provisions of care (PC) and elements of performance (EP) to improve the quality and safety of pain assessments and management. This project was designed to help the Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center (CVVAMC) meet the new Joint Commission standards while helping provide Veterans with adequate pain management, increasing safe medication use and improving patient satisfaction.
Methods: The primary objective is to help the Carl Vinson VAMC meet the new Joint Commission standards. A secondary objective is to improve safe medication use with pain medications by counseling each Veteran prior to discharge. A tertiary objective is to reassess pain management post discharge and identify the number of veterans who are meeting their pain management goals, satisfied with their pain management during the transition of care, as well as, identifying and appropriately referring those not meeting their goals. Lastly, a quaternary objective will be to quantify the number of Veterans who received a naloxone prescription and education prior to discharge. In order to accomplish these objectives, a standardized pain discharge counseling session and two day post discharge follow up call will be developed and implemented. Veterans will be followed daily from admission to discharge at which time they will be counseled by a pharmacist regarding their pain management regimen and safe medication use. A two day post discharge phone call will be conducted to determine if Veteran’s are meeting their pain management goals, identify satisfaction with their transition of care and determine if they received naloxone and its associated education.
Results: Not applicable
Conclusion: Not applicable
Meghan Bresnan– PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin, GA