The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (the Department) is issuing on an emergency basis a new medical director option protocol for treatment addressing withdrawal symptoms in overdose patients, including those who have received treatment with naloxone. The use of the new Statewide Treatment Protocol 6.18 Buprenorphine for Opioid Withdrawal–Adult requires approval of the ambulance service’s affiliate hospital medical director, 100% quality assurance review, and proper training of EMTs in the thorough assessment and treatment of overdose patients, to now include the administration of buprenorphine to ease the patient’s withdrawal symptoms.
Buprenorphine Protocol MA
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6.18 Buprenorphine for Opioid Withdrawal - Adult.v8.1 (1) (1)
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