This document outlines clinical measures to be taken if a community member or a family member calls the Nursing Station because someone is experiencing the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. This resource is intended for a Nurse and is specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. It guides the care between a Nurse who is in a NAN community, and the Physician who is providing medication orders to the nurses to minimize the effects of opioid withdrawal. This document refers to a COWS scale (Clinical Opioid Withdrawal Scale). The Physicians who produced this document are Drs Lindsay Hancock and Sharon Cirone, who both work in remote First Nations. NAN thanks them for their efforts.
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