Potent Poppies: Opioids in the Prehospital Setting

SS for Potent PoppiesFentanyl and morphine… the meat n’ potatoes of a paramedic’s analgesia toolbox.  But, how well do you understand how these drugs work in the body?  Why does fentanyl kick in quicker, but doesn’t last as long as morphine?  How do you manage unusual situations, such as a patient with cancer taking more milligrams of morphine each day than you carry in the box?  Can you help her through the breakthrough pain?  And what’s this methadone stuff?  Click on the “more” link below to find the link to the pdf education, learn, and earn some CE in the process — hint: NREMT recerts using the 2016 curricula… you need the Toxicological Emergencies credit, don’t ya?

To earn credit for this education:

Step 1: Media

The education is contained in a pdf file that can be downloaded from our DropBox account at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cti9o7v0ujro4f0/Potent%20Poppies%20CE.pdf?dl=0

You don’t need a DropBox account or even a login to access any of our educational materials. Just click on the “Download” button that appears at the upper right corner, and if a pop-up box appears, look towards the bottom option, “No thanks, continue to download”.


Step 2: Take the Quiz at QuestBase

Log into your QuestBase account we’ve built for you at www.questbase.com/a/umcems. If you don’t have a free account yet, please visit our “Sign Up“ page for information on how to obtain one. Once you’ve logged in, look for the CE entitled: “Potent Poppies: Opioids in the Prehospital Setting”.


Step 3: Education you’ll earn upon successful completion:

Texas state: 1 hour for Preparatory or…

NREMT for NCCP requirements:
1 hour towards Medical: Toxicological Emergencies – Opioids