New Joint Commission advisory on non-pharmacologic and non-opioid solutions for pain management

A new Quick Safety advisory from The Joint Commission focuses on how organizations are addressing their pain management policies and processes, including how they relate to non-pharmacologic and non-opioid so

A new Quick Safety advisory from The Joint Commission focuses on how organizations are addressing their pain management policies and processes, including how they relate to non-pharmacologic and non-opioid solutions, as they fight the opioid epidemic. The alert provides health care providers with several evidence-based pain management options that require no medication, such as environmental-based interventions, like lighting and music therapy; and physical interventions, including acupuncture and massage therapy. The advisory also includes safety actions for organizations to consider when providing clinicians with the information they need to facilitate non-pharmacologic and non-opioid solutions. This includes providing adequate training on pain modalities for members of the health care team and ensuring that patients and their families receive education on the selected modality. The advisory highlights resources from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Consortium Pain Task Force, Mayo Clinic, and several others.