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Pain & Addiction Care in the ED (PACED) Accreditation Program

Be part of the solution and improve your community! Understand how to prevent opioid addiction and treat opioid use disorder in the Emergency Department - where the patients are.

Developed for emergency physicians by emergency physicians, ACEP's Pain and Addiction Care in the ED (PACED) Accreditation Program ensures that patients receive quality pain management, with an emphasis on minimizing exposure to opioids, when appropriate, thus decreasing the risk of opioid harms. Additionally, PACED provides the tools necessary for an ED to initiate treatment for patients struggling with opioid use disorder.

The PACED program will begin accepting applications in early 2020.

To be one of the first to receive updates, join the PACED interest list:

“Approximately 45% of ED visits involve either moderate or severe pain.
Patients with chronic pain account for some 12–16% of total ED visits”

Be the solution for your community. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) from 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people died of a drug overdose and around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid.

The United States is in the throes of an opioid epidemic as more than 2 million Americans have become dependent on, or misuse, prescription pain pills and street drugs.

According to the CDC, there were more than 63,600 overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, including 42,249 involving an opioid (66.4%,) more than any previous year on record. Devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic include an increase in opioid misuse and related overdoses and deaths.

Yet less than 10-20% of patients with opioid use disorders receive treatment. As such, we must continue to look beyond traditional centers to initiate treatment.

Your community may already be impacted by the opioid crisis. This new and necessary accreditation program provides the framework and tools to improve the pain and addiction care provided at your institution, for your community.

If the opioid epidemic has spared your community, this program will help elevate that way your physician manage pain with up to date evidence based best practice guidelines for immediate implementation.

Become accredited and show your community that your hospital supports these 3 principles:

  • Save a life to save a life (harm reduction)
  • Minimize opioid exposure and reduce opioid harms while treating pain
  • Treat those with opioid use disorder effectively

PACED Accreditation embraces best practices including:

  • Multimodal pain management education and interdisciplinary staffing with a focus on opioid sparing strategies
  • The provision of resources necessary for innovative approaches for treating patients with acute and/or complex chronic pain.
  • Promoting quality improvement in pain management while understanding how to initiate treatment of opioid use disorder.

PACED Accreditation highlights the hospitals’ efforts to address the opioid crisis in addition to:

  • Supporting clinicians by providing the needed resources for prevention, risk reduction, and treatment.
  • A focus on prevention - keeping patients opioid naïve when appropriate while controlling their pain.
  • Providing a framework for EDs to establish an opioid stewardship program for effective pain management while working toward solutions to the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in the community.
  • Incorporating quality improvement measures focused on opioid prescribing best practices and implementation of effective non-opioid pain management solutions.
  • Delivering a comprehensive multimodal pathway that focus on non-opioid strategies for children.
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