The document High Alert Medication Guideline — FentaNYL
Transdermal Patch, developed by the California Hospital
Association Medication Safety Committee, summarizes safer
practices to reduce the preventable harm to patients in the
Fentanyl patches are only for patients who are opioid-tolerant
for the management of persistent, moderate to severe chronic pain
that requires continuous, around the clock opioid administration
for an extended period of time and cannot be managed by other
means.The patches are not to be used to treat sudden, occasional
or mild pain, or pain after surgery.
About the Medication Safety Committee
The California Hospital Association’s Medication Safety Committee
is a statewide, multi-disciplinary collaboration of health care
providers, regulatory agencies, patient safety organizations and
organizations representing pharmacists, physicians and nurses.
The Committee has focused on acting as a source of medication
safety expertise, providing a venue for the coordination of
medication safety activities and making recommendations related
to medication safety legislation and regulations.