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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2018

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J U L Y 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 E ven a minor surgical procedure can trigger a major opioid addiction, a fact made all the more unsettling when you con- sider that each year an estimated 40% of U.S. pain medication prescriptions are written for post-surgical patients. What can you do to nip a drug problem in the bud? Keep these steps in mind with each patient that passes through your ORs. 1. Put it in writing. Change the post-op pain control culture by includ- ing opioid-sparing anesthetic techniques and enhanced recovery path- ways in your facility's policies and procedures. Would you let sur- Help Solve the Opioid Epidemic Don't pump patients full of prescription painkillers to treat post-op pain. On Point David M. Dickerson, MD • DULY NOTED Policies and procedures that outline multimodal pain management techniques create a culture of awareness about limiting opioid use. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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