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Ohio's Hospice Responds to Injectable Opioid Crisis


As the injectable opioid shortage continues, Ohio's Hospice adopts
innovative way to keep patients comfortable

U.S. healthcare providers continue to face an unpredictable and
threatening shortage of injectable opioids – medications needed for
patients in acute pain or facing serious or terminal illnesses such as
cancer, surgery or traumatic injury.

When Ohio's
received notice that they had only four day's supply of
injectable opioid medications remaining, the Hospice responded to the
crisis by implementing and using the Macy Catheter, a device that
enables an alternate route of medication administration.

Ohio's Hospice is familiar with boldly taking alternative routes. In
1978, Ohio became one of the first places in the country to offer
hospice care. Nurse and Dayton resident Betty Schmoll led the effort to
establish hospice care, pulling together support from all area hospitals
and a group of dedicated volunteers. Hospice of Dayton was founded, and
many years later, in 2011, it joined with Hospice of Miami County to
form Ohio's Hospice, an alliance of non-profit hospice providers across
the state sharing in best practices, established high standards and a
vision of strengthening and preserving community-based hospice.

FDA cleared, the Macy Catheter provides access to the clinically proven
rectal route of delivery. It is designed to make the rectal route a
practical, painless and discreet alternative for those medications that
can be prescribed per rectum.

Ohio's Hospice partnered with Hospi
to create the documentary, How
Ohio's Hospice Maintains Patient Comfort and Dignity in the Midst of
Injectable Medication Shortages
. The 20-minute educational video
is a free resource developed to share Ohio's Hospice best practices in
the adoption of the Macy Catheter and to communicate the clinical impact
of this new technology so that patients in the care of other
organizations can also benefit.

The Vice President of Medical Services at Ohio's Hospice said, "Based on
my experience on our hospice inpatient unit, the Macy Catheter is faster
than subcutaneous in controlling pain with opioids and I am able to
control pain with less opioid dose adjustments. It is also very
effective in most instances in quickly controlling terminal agitation
and other symptoms. It saves nursing time and decreases medication cost
and waste. I will never go back to my prior practice and will continue
using the Macy Catheter."

Igal Ladabaum, Hospi Corporation co-founder and CEO, said, "When the
oral route is compromised, clinicians are turning to the Macy Catheter.
The Catheter is being used to help patients in multiple settings,
including in hospice and palliative care, skilled nursing facilities,
and the emergency department. We are delighted that we could help Ohio's
Hospice respond to the injectable medication shortages, as enhancing
patient comfort and dignity is what Hospi is all about."

About Hospi Corporation

Hospi Corporation developed the Macy Catheter to provide the best
alternative for rapid administration of medication and fluids. The Macy
Catheter improves patient care and nursing efficiency while decreasing
the cost of care. For more information, visit

About Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice is a partnership of mission-driven, not-for-profit
hospices in Ohio committed to a shared vision of strengthening and
preserving community-based hospices. For more information, visit

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