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Nancy Boutin, MD - Role Model for Excellence

28 May 2017

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Dr. Boutin stood up to the “status quo” and revised our narcotics ordering system to be sensitive to the needs of our patients with cancer.

For many years, nurses working in the Infusion and Wound Care department have struggled with following orders to administer doses of IV narcotics to our patients. Patients would come into the clinic smiling, eating and drinking… then to be given IV dilaudid, morphine and Demerol, depending on the physician sending the orders. The orders were not PRN, but specified to administer the medication, regardless.

Last June, Dr. Nancy Boutin stepped in; she immediately wrote letters to the physicians ordering the narcotics and explained that the clinic would no longer accept narcotic orders for chronic pain patients (or others). She stood up to her peers to do the right thing for both patients and staff. She stopped an unsafe situation and the staff in the Infusion and Wound Care Clinic admire both her knowledge and strength.