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OR Excellence 2019 Awards - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - September 2019

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5 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 T he OR team at Lakeside Surgery Center in Omaha, Neb., works hard to manage patients' post-op pain with an eye toward the addic- tion epidemic. "Our nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis, and we're doing our part to help fix it," says Laura Rowe, MSN, RN, the center's director of nursing. It's that focus on making surgery a little more comfortable while protecting patients from opioid-related harm that earned Lakeside Surgery Center the OR Excellence Award in Pain Control. The center's home state of Nebraska was one of the first in the nation to pass a law requiring physicians who prescribe opioids to edu- cate patients about the potential for and the dangers of addiction and overdose. The law also limits all opioid prescriptions to a 7-day supply. To comply with the new legislation, Lakeside created a form that out- lines the risks of physiological and psychological dependence on opi- oids, outlines non-opioid treatment options and details how to safely dispose of unused pills. Patients who'll receive opioids for post-op pain control must sign the sheet before undergoing surgery. PAIN CONTROL A Big-Picture Approach to Pain Management Lakeside Surgery Center has responded to the nationwide opioid crisis by controlling post-op discomfort with limited use of the painkillers. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor • COOL CONCEPT Ice packs designed to fit around specific joints are a big hit with hurting patients. Laura Rowe, MSN, RN

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