By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A recently opened inpatient substance abuse withdrawal management service at Summit Surgical Hospital is assisting victims of the opioid addiction crisis in Reno County and the surrounding area. TriTanium Solutions is Summit's contracted provider.
"We offer service to treat people medically that are going through withdrawal from alcohol, opiates or benzodiazepines," said Laura Outlaw, chief clinical officer with TriTanium Solutions. "With the coordination in pain management, there are some people that have had ongoing treatment and pain management that have had escalated doses, where they're not really being controlled in a safe way. We offer the ability for people to come in through our service to go through the withdrawal management in a safe environment in an acute care setting."
This is the first step in a larger treatment plan.
"We are able to decrease those opiate doses," Outlaw said. "Then they can return to their pain management physician or have a different coordinated care to manage their ongoing pain needs."
TriTanium's role is about the physical withdrawal symptoms from substance use.
"Their body does have to readjust and get used to not having those substances," Outlaw said. "When that happens, they get physically ill. We manage their medical symptoms in a safe way and then transition them after about 3 to 5 days to that next level of care, where it would be maybe something behavioral health, addiction treatment, whatever would be appropriate."
The service, called BreakThru at Summit Surgical Hospital, has an 86% success rate in achieving recovery.