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SOURCE Waismann Method
New CDC Report Reveals Lack of Regulation as Cause for Increased Danger to Patients
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to recent news, including a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report noting severe adverse effects associated with rapid detox programs in New York, Waismann Method® Medical Director Dr. Michael Lowenstein is calling for the creation of universal standards of care for all rapid detoxification treatments to minimize potential risks to patients.
"Unfortunately, rapid detox has become a catch-all term that encompasses a range of unregulated treatments for opiate dependency, leaving patients uneducated about important safety precautions that are vital to their health," said Dr. Lowenstein. "It's frightening how many practitioners are not following proper safety protocol and performing rapid detox procedures under sedation or anesthesia as outpatient, leading to increased emergency hospital admissions and deaths. Rapid detox must be performed in an ICU setting, and under the strict supervision of trained medical doctors with appropriate post-treatment monitoring. When done correctly, rapid detox is safe and effective. The key is educating patients on what to look for, and restricting practitioners from cutting corners."
According to Dr. Lowenstein, the key factors that impact the safety of rapid detox procedures include:
Waismann Method®, which pioneered the procedure in 1999, has established a rigorous safety protocol for the treatment of opiate detoxification under sedation. The protocol does not resemble other rapid detox programs performed in New York or other parts of the country that utilize general anesthesia and/or perform the procedure on an outpatient basis through clinics or surgery centers.
"Over the course of 15 years we've performed more than 3,000 rapid detox procedures with the Waismann Method®, and we've refined the process to maximize the safety and efficacy," said Dr. Lowenstein. "It's alarming that patients are being placed in harm's way because other treatment programs are cutting corners to reduce the cost of the procedure at the expense of patient safety. Patients need to be armed with accurate information to ensure they are getting the highest level of medical attention. It's time that experts and leaders in the medical community create a specific standard of care for rapid detox, removing the risks associated with unregulated facilities."
In order to ensure the highest level of safety, all Waismann Method® rapid detox treatments are performed in the ICU of an accredited hospital, and patients undergo an extensive medical evaluation prior to treatment. Waismann Method® rapid detox treatment under sedation involves careful administration of medications to reverse the physiological dependence on opiates while the symptoms of withdrawal are addressed.
For more information about Waismann Method® please visit www.opiates.com.
About Waismann Method® Treatment
Waismann Method®, directed by Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein, is a pioneering opiate treatment based on a safe and proven protocol that utilizes the most advanced medical techniques available. A major center for opioid dependency, treatment and detoxification based only in California, Waismann Method® offers a variety of programs from rapid opiate detoxification under sedation, to medically assisted detoxification and other forms of treatment at Domus Retreat. Our team of doctors, therapists and staff work with each patient to create personalized treatment and aftercare plans designed to ensure a healthy and effective transition to life without opiates. Patient safety, comfort, and complete confidence are our primary priorities, and we always put treatment and care over blame and punishment. For more information, please visit opiates.com.
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