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VOL. 131 | NO. 31 | Friday, February 12, 2016

Baptist Collierville Launches New Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment

By Andy Meek

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Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville has begun seeing a stream of patients often desperately in need of a new kind of treatment, and the hospital teamed up with another company to launch that treatment in recent days.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville, which this week launched an in-patient drug and alcohol withdrawal treatment service.

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Baptist and Impact Healthcare Management now offer One-Eighty, an in-patient medical service meant to produce a 180-degree change in the lives of patients going through withdrawal from alcohol, drugs and prescription pain medications.

Hospital staff stress that it’s not a psychiatric or behavioral care service. Instead, the three-day voluntary medical service – patients take the onus to come themselves, since there’s no need for a doctor referral – provides screenings, medical oversight and specialized care.

Services offered include safe substance abuse medical withdrawal stabilization; hospital-based care; daily medical and nursing monitoring and documentation; and a discharge plan for follow-up care.

Denise Ferguson, chief nursing officer at Baptist Collierville, said the service is for “everyday people” who need medical stabilization, sometimes called “partial detox.”

“This might be a person who’s had an injury, been prescribed pain medications and can’t seem to get off of them,” says Ferguson, adding that the hospital has capacity to treat one to two patients a day through the service. “If they want help, that person would be a good candidate.”

Baptist says all potential patients are evaluated on the front end and must meet clinical criteria for admission. Once the patient is admitted, they’re expected to keep to bed rest with limited activity.

After the participants are finished with treatment, hospital staff also conduct outcome studies on a regular basis to determine whether the patients are following through with discharge plans and to determine their sobriety status.

“We’ve already had several patients, and it’s really neat to hear some success stories already,” Ferguson said. “This is a needed service in the community … You need medication to get through that initial phase of trying to kick the habit of alcohol or narcotics.”

One thing that she said sold Baptist Collierville on participating in the effort is hearing how numbers of people who need the treatment are often otherwise steered into psychiatric hospitals, even though they don’t have psychiatric problems accompanying their addictions.

“And that’s not the place to put these people,” she said.

Baptist also stresses that patients are typically covered for the treatment by diagnosis-related groups for Medicare and Medicaid and commercial insurance or cash pay.

Kyle Armstrong, Baptist Collierville administrator and CEO, said that offering the new treatment is important as part of its work to offer both traditional and non-traditional services. One-Eighty is the latest addition to the 75-acre Collierville hospital campus. Other services include an emergency room, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient surgery and a seven-bed intensive care unit.

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