Available Until 10/15/2024

Induction of Buprenorphine & Management of Patients with OUD in the Prehospital Setting

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-22-579-H08-P
Release Date: 10/15/2022
Expiration Date: 10/15/2024
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
CE Credits:  0.25 contact hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Member – Free / Non-Member – Not Available 

Activity Overview 

Buprenorphine is an underutilized agent when managing pain in the prehospital setting that may benefit patients. Prehospital buprenorphine administration is a newly developing practice that many pharmacists are not aware is occurring. It is imperative, regardless of location (emergency department, community setting, BRIDGE clinic), that pharmacists and other healthcare team members understand prehospital buprenorphine strategies to optimize care. 

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

These activities were planned to meet the educational needs of healthcare team members that manage patients in the preshopital setting or directly afterwards (e.g. emergency medicine pharmacists, addiction/SUD specialists, community pharmacists). 

After participating in this CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe bupenorphine induction in the prehospital setting
  • Discuss strategies for the prehospital management of analgesia in patients with opioid use disorder 

  • Introduction and Announcements 

  • Presentation  

Simon Taxel, NRP, BA
Crew Chief, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS
Pittsburgh, PA 

David Zimmerman, PharmD, BCCCP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Duquesne University
EM Pharmacist, UPMC-Mercy Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA  

In accordance with our accreditor’s Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, ASHP requires that all individuals in control of content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if they have had a financial relationship with an ineligible company in any dollar amount in the past 24 months and the educational content that the individual controls is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. 

An ineligible company is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The presence or absence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. 

  • No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company. 

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