CRITICAL CARE A DAY
Q: Palliative care service recommended to administer Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) to a patient getting transferred to long term care from ICU after trauma. What is ORT and its components?
Answer: Clinical instruments have been developed to identify patients for potential risk for misuse of prescribed opioids. ORT is a very simple questionnaire on five categories
- Low risk: 0 to 3
- Moderate risk: 4 to 7
- High risk: ≥8
Webster LR, Webster RM. Predicting aberrant behaviors in opioid-treated patients: preliminary validation of the Opioid Risk Tool. Pain Med 2005; 6:432.