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Nurse Steps Up to Crush Opioid Crisis

Nurse Steps Up to Crush Opioid Crisis

Orthopedic nurse’s desire to help others leads to a national event to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications.

A problem as big and complex as our opioid crisis requires solutions from every angle.

HCA Healthcare takes responsibility by helping patients manage their pain with significantly less reliance on opioids, which means fewer prescriptions.

The idea for HCA Healthcare’s “Crush the Crisis” came from Sara Stedman, an orthopedic nurse who has witnessed the effects of opioid addiction. In 2017, Stedman inspired a single take-back event at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and the following year HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division joined the cause, with eight hospitals collecting more than 224 pounds of medication.

Last year, our Crush the Crisis events collected more than 13,000 pounds of prescription medications — which equates to approximately 9.2 million doses that won’t get into the wrong hands.

HCA Healthcare is also addressing the problem by finding ways to reduce or eliminate opioid use from the start. We use data from more than 32 million annual patient encounters to help continuously improve care and transform pain management, with initiatives in surgical, emergency and other care settings.