61. Multi-modal analgesia protocol significantly decreased opioid requirements following lumbar spine surgery: results from a feasibility trial

Over the past decade, opioid use in the United States has increased rapidly. However, patient satisfaction with pain management has not improved. Instead, with growing number of overdose deaths, over- and misuse of opioids has been declared a public health crisis. Patients presenting for lumbar spine surgery frequently present with pain related to their spine condition, are frequently consuming opioids to treat this pain and, following surgery, this is exacerbated due to disruption of skin, muscle tissue, vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and facet joints.
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Back in May, Bruce Schoneboom wrapped up his appointment to the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. The group determined best practices for managing chronic and acute pain—and addressed judicious prescribing of opioids. If you didn’t know: The CDC reports there are 192 overdose deaths in the U.S. every day. Forty percent of The post Dr. Bruce Schoneboom and the HHS Pain Task Force appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.
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Low back pain is one of the most common and debilitating reasons for outpatient visits in the United States. Opioids are widely used for the management of low back pain. However, opioid-related overdose deaths and admissions quadrupled between the years 1999 and 2010 and the associated economic burden is estimated to be around $78.5 billion USD annually. A better understanding of contemporary prescribing practices is warranted.
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 Schizophrenia does not just affect the person with schizophrenia, but their families, also. This episode of Inside Schizophrenia explores the family relationships impacted by schizophrenia, both immediate and extended.  Two guests join us. The first is Chrisa Hickey, who is the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia and started an online site for parents of children who have a severe mental illness. The other guest, interviewed by co-host Gabe Howard, is Janel Star Withers, mother of host Rachel Star Withers. Janel shares her experiences with raising a schizophrenic daughter.  Host Rachel Star Withers, a d...
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  Schizophrenia does not just affect the person with schizophrenia, but their families, also. This episode of Inside Schizophrenia explores the family relationships impacted by schizophrenia, both immediate and extended.  Two guests join us. The first is Chrisa Hickey, who is the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia and started an online site for parents of children who have a severe mental illness. The other guest, interviewed by co-host Gabe Howard, is Janel Star Withers, mother of host Rachel Star Withers. Janel shares her experiences with raising a schizophrenic daughter.  Host Rachel Star Withers, ...
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In this study, the researchers looked at opioid prescriptions in 2016, and the numbers are shocking. In the US, 22% of prescriptions written by dentists were for opioids, compared with just 0.6% for British dentists, and US dentists prescribed about 35 opioids per 1,000 population, compared to just 0.5 opioid prescriptions per 1,000 population in England. Additionally, the opioid prescribed in England was a relatively weak codeine-like drug, whereas in the US the majority of prescriptions were for hydrocodone, a stronger opioid with greater abuse potential. When does an opioid prescription make sense? It is simply impossib...
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