As you are probably aware, the Ohio Emergency and Acute Care Facility Opioid and Other Controlled Substances Prescribing Guidelines (OOCS Guidelines) were issued in May of 2012. The OOCS Guidelines were developed through a collaborative effort of health care/medical professional associations, individual medical professionals and state agencies that were brought together under the Professional Education Work Group of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT).
These guidelines along with the accompanying patient handout and pocket card guide were distributed to all hospitals and emergency physicians in Ohio in August 2012. The OOCS Guidelines, patient handout, pocket cards and background information can be accessed at this link: http://www.healthyohioprogram.org/ed/guidelines.
Please share this information with emergency medical professionals and emergency and acute care facilities in your area and encourage them to implement these guidelines. A limited quantity of the pocket cards is still available. To request pocket cards please send an email to: BHPRR@odh.ohio.gov