Florida Law Lowers Opioid Use for Acute Post-Op Pain

  A new controlled substance law in Florida has helped to decrease opioid prescriptions after outpatient surgery, according to a retrospective analysis at a large academic center. Full story.  
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Chronic Use of Tramadol after Acute Pain Episode: Cohort Study

To determine the risk of prolonged opioid use in patients receiving tramadol compared with other short acting opioids. Opioid-naive patients undergoing elective surgery. Risk of persistent opioid use after discharge for patients treated with tramadol alone compared with other short acting opioids, using three commonly used definitions of prolonged opioid use from the literature: additional opioid use (defined as at least one opioid fill 90-180 days after surgery); persistent opioid use (any span of opioid use starting in the 180 days after surgery and lasting ≥90 days); and CONSORT definition (an opioid use episode starting in the 180 days after surgery that spans ≥90 days and includes either ≥10 opioid fills or ≥120 days' supply of opioids).

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Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute Pain in the Prehospital Setting Report

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute P...
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AAPM Acute Pain Medicine Textbook Now Available

Place your order for the Academy's latest textbook publication, Acute Pain Medicine , which covers the diagnosis and treatment of acute pain from both surgical and non-surgical causes. Pain syndromes are reviewed in a ca...
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TENS Efficacy on Acute Back Pain in an Emergency Department Triage

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) devices produce a gentle electrical stimulation that when applied through pads applied directly to the skin, has a noticeable effect in reducing pain associated with various types of injuries and ailments.

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AHRQ Seeks Input on Headaches in Pregnancy and Acute Pain

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted key questions for the systematic review on Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy for comment through April 11, as well as a draft technical brief on...
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FDA Panel: 'Little Merit' in Sublingual Buprenorphine for Pain

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Relieving the Pain of Kidney Stones

Source: Canadian Glycomics Network GlycoNet-funded research is testing the safety and efficacy of a glycoside, called arbutin, which is extracted from the bearberry plant. The molecule has shown a remarkable ability to b...
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Sub-Dissociative Dose Ketamine Dosing Study (NCT03714620)

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Ketamine is a Safe, Effective Alternative to Opioids in Treating Acute Pain in the ED

Source: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Intravenous, low-dose ketamine (LDK) is as effective as intravenous morphine in the control of acute pain in adults in the emergency department (ED). Full story .
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Researchers Reveal How Gene Variant Is Linked to Chronic Pain After Traumatic Injury

Source: UNC School of Medicine The study, led by UNC School of Medicine researchers, shows that the reason the variant affects chronic pain outcomes is because it alters the ability of the gene FKBP5 to be regulated by a...
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National Variation in Opioid Prescribing and Risk of Prolonged Use for Opioid-Naive Patients Treated in the Emergency Department for Ankle Sprains

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A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Ketamine as an Alternative to Opioids for Acute Pain in the Emergency Department

Source: Academic Emergency Medicine Abstract: Background: Opioids are commonly prescribed in the emergency department (ED) for the treatment of acute pain. Analgesic alternatives are being explored in response to an epid...
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Injured Athletes Can Benefit from Using Mindfulness

Source: University of Kent, U.K. A new study of injured athletes carried out by the University found they can benefit from using mindfulness as part of the sport rehabilitation process to improve their pain tolerance and...
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The Other Opioid Crisis: Hospital Shortages Lead To Patient Pain, Medical Errors

Source: Kaiser Health News Even as opioids flood American communities and fuel widespread addiction, hospitals are facing a dangerous shortage of the powerful painkillers needed by patients in acute pain, according to do...
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Cost Savings from Reducing Pain through the Delivery of Integrative Medicine Program to Hospitalized Patients

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Effect of Virtual Reality Technology for Pain Management of Vaso-Occlusive Crisis in Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

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Default Setting in Electronic Medical Records 'Nudged' Emergency Department Physicians to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 10 Tablets

Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine For patients who have never been prescribed opioids, larger numbers of tablets given with the initial prescription is associated with long-term use and more tablets l...
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