Practice Level: Intermediate
Almost two million individuals have an opioid use and addiction disorder in the United States. The annual deaths per year from prescription and illicit opioid overdose are alarming. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and the opioid crisis or epidemic is getting worse. Statistics for fentanyl use and addiction, a synthetic opioid that has been estimated to be 50-100 times stronger than morphine, are equally concerning in terms of burden to the health system, morbidity and mortality. Treatment of a fentanyl overdose begins with a clinical assessment of a patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation. Reversal with the use of naloxone is discussed, as well as opioid overdose education and distribution of intranasal naloxone to lay persons and law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency services personnel for quick intervention.
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- Describe the opioid crisis and Fentanyl use
- Explain the treatment of Fentanyl overdose
- Discuss Fentanyl and substance induced psychosis
- Illegal Drugs and Classifications
- Detection of Fentanyl
- History of Use
- Pattern of Use
- Pediatric Exposure
- Reversal with Naloxone
- Laboratory Testing and Monitoring
- Mechanism of Action and Uses
- Available Forms
- Boxed Warning
- Medical Conditions and Cautions
- Transdermal Patch Dose Adjustment
- Drug-drug Interactions
- Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
- Diagnosis of a Substance Induced Mental Disorder
- Treatment Options for Substance-Induced Psychosis
- Medical Management
Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 20 years of as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, written textbook chapters, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was recently named a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center and is actively involved in lecturing and mentoring nurses, emergency medical residents and pharmacy students.
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