A strategic planning team has worked with architects to address current conditions and create concepts for a full expansion and renovation of the Bristol Hospital Emergency Center. The plan further advances the goal to deliver attentive care in a comfortable setting – where physicians and patients have the space and technology to handle a variety of healthcare situations.
Dr. Andrew Lim, a physician in the Emergency Center, has recognized a need in the Bristol community and is addressing it in a new and innovative way. Each day, Dr. Lim and his colleagues treat patients overdosing on opioids and heroin with the antidote, Narcan.
While this is standard protocol in hospital emergency rooms across the nation as the opioid epidemic reaches crisis levels, Dr. Lim and the Bristol Hospital Emergency Center are sending home a prescription for a second dose of Narcan to each patient who has been treated with Narcan for an overdose.
In addition to the prescription, Bristol Hospital provides personal follow-up with phone calls to patients one week and one month later to ensure they are seeking the help and assistance they need to address their substance abuse with the goal of preventing further emergency trips to the hospital.
“The expansion of the Emergency Center will allow our team that deploy processes like our approach to overdoses in the most advanced, most efficient manner.” – Dr. Lim
Staff at Bristol Hospital, understanding that heroin remains in the system for up to five hours and Narcan lasts only 20-90 minutes, realized that a second dose could become lifesaving for many patients - and result in fewer trips to the Emergency Center.
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