New standard for opioid analgesics to treat acute pain in hospitals

Clinicians, pharmacists and health services who are involved in treating patients experiencing acute pain in a hospital setting are invited to provide input to the ACSQHC draft clinical care standard for opioid analgesics.

The Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard will guide appropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics for the management of acute pain, in patients presenting to hospital emergency departments and post-surgical patients. The new standard supports opioid analgesic stewardship, which uses a framework to apply a systematic approach to optimise the use of these medicines.

Comments on the draft Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard are open until midnight on Monday 4 October 2021.

If you have questions about the draft standard or the consultation, email CCS@safetyandquality.gov.au.