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Joint Commission warns hospitals on opioid risks
Modern Healthcare

The Joint Commission is warning hospitals about the risks of adverse events associated with opioid drugs and is urging providers to take action to prevent opioid-related harm or death. In an alert issued to Joint Commission-accredited organizations, the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based organization noted that opioid pain drugs “rank among the drugs most frequently associated with adverse drug events” such as respiratory depression and aspiration pneumonia.

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