Oxy Free Emergency Department

Event Details
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm CST
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)


  • Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director of the Departments of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, McKenzie Health System
  • Steve Barnett, CHA, CRNA, FACHE, President and CEO, McKenzie Health System

The Opioid Epidemic has been spreading throughout America, including rural America. There is a recognition that healthcare providers and facilities need to step up to combat this epidemic. Our rural Michigan Emergency Department recognized this problem and made up a plan to take action six years ago. We will discuss how to set up and implement a program designed to limit opioid prescribing in a rural ED, and one that offers patients different resources to help with their narcotic addiction or dependencies.


  • Gain an understanding of the dangers of the increasing rate of prescription drug abuse in the United States
  • Gain an understanding of the major components needed to develop an "oxy-Free Emergency Department
  • Identify patients who exhibit narcotic medication-seeking behavior
  • Develop and implement a plan for managing patients seeking narcotic prescription medications in the Emergency Department

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,009,121 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.