Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 1 2018 - Page 46

PRACTICE PARTNER “It is difficult to assess whether this death was entirely preventable; however there do appear to be instances where appropriate interventions may have altered the outcome,” stated the Committee’s report. These include: T  he restriction of access to a large and lethal amount of hydromorphone in the patient’s home may have prevented ingestion  larification of the formulation of ingested medication (long-acting versus immediate release) may have better C guided detoxification efforts O  bservations of lethargy, combined with complaints of dizziness and need for assistance to the bathroom should have prompted questions about possible lingering effects of the hydromorphone overdose and