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BUMED Emergency Contraception Protocols.
The BUMED Emergency Contraception Protocols provide optional algorithms to guide the patient and provider decision making process regarding the use of emergency contraception options.
BUMED developed two protocols - one each for clinicians and nurses. To improve access to emergency contraception options, the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) developed optional protocols to guide patient and healthcare provider decisions regarding the use of emergency contraception options. BUMED developed two protocols - one each for clinicians and nurses:
Ulipristal Acetate pill ("Ella"), effective for up to 5 days after the sexual encounter, is a more reliable emergency contraception pill than is 1.5mg Levonorgestrel (such as "Plan B One-Step") - but Ella requires a prescription, thereby reducing the patient's ease of access to this time-dependent option. The nurse-run protocol is designed to improve timely access to Ella (and all three of the emergency contraceptive options) by placing nurses at the front line of assessing the patient's needs. This approach can reduce provider workload, reduce patient wait times (which facilitates better emergency contraception outcomes), promote high quality of care by guiding nurses with its comprehensive list of considerations, and standardize the provision of emergency contraceptive services across Navy Medicine.
Walk-in Contraception Clinics
For Clinicians and Health Educators
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