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Hospice-Appropriate Universal Precautions for Opioid Safety

Covington-East, Catherine MA, RN, BSN, CHPN

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: June 2017 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 256–260
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000339
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Universal precautions for opioid safety, analogous to universal precautions for infection control, is one approach to managing the epidemic of prescription pain medication misuse that has been used in pain clinics, primary care practices, and in some hospices. In this project, a set of hospice-appropriate universal precautions was designed, drawing on hospice nursing strengths, and implemented in a midsize hospice agency.

Catherine Covington-East, RN, BSN, MA, CHPN, is former admission nurse, Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte, NC.

Address correspondence to Catherine Covington-East, RN, BSN, MA, CHPN, Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 4204 Bellwood Ln, Charlotte NC 28270 (catherine@carolina.rr.com).

The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2017 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.