Bakersfields hospital said Tuesday that patient care is not affected by the opioid epidemic, even though the city’s overdose rate is skyrocketing.
Bakersfield Hospital’s chief executive said the opioid crisis, which has forced the hospital to shift its opioid medication dispensing program, has caused some staff to stop caring for patients.
The hospital is currently testing its prescription drug dispensing system and is looking for additional staff to help manage the opioid overdose crisis, said Jennifer A. Legg, Bakersf.
Hospital’s president and CEO.
But she said Bakersville is not a high-risk population and said staff are well-positioned to take care of patients who need it.
She said there are only about 40 to 50 people in the hospital’s outpatient department and she is “very confident” that they can handle a high rate of opioid overdoses.
“We have the right staff and the right expertise and they can help us with managing this situation, said Legg.
A study last year by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of people admitted to Bakersdale Hospital for non-opioid pain management rose by nearly 600% between 2008 and 2012.
In a statement, the hospital said it will use its new opioid medication program to address the crisis.”
The hospital’s new drug dispensers will be in place at the new Bakersda facility and will be used in the future to dispense medications for opioid addiction, Legg said.”
In order to continue to maintain our commitment to patient care and patient safety, Bakerys patients are encouraged to contact their local emergency room and/or call the Bakersford Police Department.”
The hospital’s new drug dispensers will be in place at the new Bakersda facility and will be used in the future to dispense medications for opioid addiction, Legg said.
The company said its drug program, which began in January, includes prescription drug programs, outpatient pharmacy and health care.
The drug program will be rolled out gradually, Leagg said.
Bakerys plans to open a second Bakersdal hospital, in an area with the lowest number of opioid-related deaths in the country, later this year.