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Kristin Schoolman-Anderson, Roni D Lane, Jeff E Schunk, Nancy Mecham, Richard Thomas, Kathleen Adelgais
BACKGROUND: Pain management guidelines in the emergency department (ED) may reduce time to analgesia administration (TTA). Intranasal fentanyl (INF) is a safe and effective alternative to intravenous opiates. The effect of an ED pain management guideline providing standing orders for nurse-initiated administration of intranasal fentanyl (INF) is not known. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of a pediatric ED triage-based pain protocol utilizing intranasal fentanyl (INF) on time to analgesia administration (TTA) and patient and parent satisfaction...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Mohamed Farag, Nikolaos Spinthakis, Manivannan Srinivasan, Diana Adrienne Gorog
BACKGROUND: The very significant benefit of P2Y12 receptor inhibitor administration in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in reducing future ischaemic events and stent thrombosis, is undisputed. Morphine analgesia is very frequently co-administered to these patients for pain relief, along with antiplatelet therapy, at the time of presentation, and prior to reperfusion with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS: Research and online content related to opiates use in STEMI was reviewed...
January 17, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Yogesh Jain, Gajanan Phutke
Even though 1% of people require palliative and end-of-life care in low-resource situations, it remains an uncharted arena. Yet it is as important as curative care to alleviate suffering. Palliative care is not only a need in cancer and HIV disease; but is needed in a diverse group of illnesses ranging from tuberculosis, renal failures, paraplegia to chronic lung diseases. In a lower resource setting, the gaps in palliation may be the need for more technology and interventions or more healthcare professionals...
October 25, 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Yung-Chu Hsu, Kao-Chang Lin, Treatment Guideline Subcommittee Of Taiwan Headache Society Taiwan Headache Society
In 2015, the American Headache Society (AHS) amended the treatment guideline of acute migraine based on evidence-based medicine (EBM) that all triptans in any form of preparations, acetaminophen, and non-steroid anti-inflammation drugs-NSAID (aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen), sumatriptan/naproxen, combined acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine are considered effective (Level A). Previously effective drugs as prochlorperazine, and dihydroergotamine-DHE (excluded inhaled form) were downrated to probable effective (Level B)...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
Muhammad Hassan Majeed, Ali Ahsan Ali, Donna M Sudak
Chronic pain is estimated to occur in from 5.5% to 33% of the world's adult population (Gureje et al., 1998). Chronic pain is frequently treated with opiates, which has produced an opiate addiction crisis (Dowell et al., 2016). Several non-pharmacological treatment alternatives can help manage chronic pain. There is moderate evidence that mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga, and stress reduction lower the perception of pain, increase mobility, improve functioning and well-being. By integrating MBIs and other therapeutic interventions in a multi-disciplinary pain management plan, clinicians can improve treatment outcomes and potentially decrease pain-related medication utilization...
February 2018: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Peter Mattei
BACKGROUND: Single-site laparoscopy is increasingly popular for straightforward operations like appendectomy. Due to limited triangulation and maneuverability, single-site cholecystectomy is riskier and more difficult. Robotics offer to make it easier and safer. METHODS: Twenty children and adolescents underwent robotic-assisted single-site cholecystectomy at a large academic children's hospital. Patients were not randomized; patients were offered the option of robotic-assisted single-site (SSR) or standard four-incision laparoscopic (LAP) cholecystectomy...
December 7, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
Vincent Blandino, Jillian Wetzel, Jiyoung Kim, Petrit Haxhi, Richard Curtis, Marta Concheiro
BACKGROUND: Urine is a common biological sample to monitor recent drug exposure, and oral fluid is an alternative matrix of increasing interest in clinical and forensic toxicology. Limited data are available about oral fluid vs. urine drug disposition, especially for synthetic cannabinoids. OBJECTIVE: To compare urine and oral fluid as biological matrices to monitor recent drug exposure among HIV-infected homeless individuals. METHODS: Seventy matched urine and oral fluid samples were collected from 13 participants...
2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Gabriela Dieckmann, Sunali Goyal, Pedram Hamrah
Neuropathic pain is caused by a primary lesion or dysfunction of the nervous system and can occur in the cornea. However, neuropathic corneal pain (NCP) is currently an ill-defined disease. Patients with NCP are extremely challenging to manage, and evidence-based clinical recommendations for the management of patients with NCP are scarce. The objectives of this review are to provide guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of patients with NCP and to summarize current evidence-based literature in this area. We performed a systematic literature search of all relevant publications between 1966 and 2017...
November 2017: Ophthalmology
Sutapa Maiti, Liron Sinvani, Michele Pisano, Andrzej Kozikowski, Vidhi Patel, Meredith Akerman, Karishma Patel, Christopher Smilios, Christian Nouryan, Guang Qiu, Renee Pekmezaris, Gisele Wolf-Klein
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Whereas opiate prescribing patterns have been well described in outpatient and emergency department settings, they have been less defined in hospitalized older adults. The objective was to describe patterns of opiate prescribing and associated outcomes in hospitalized older adults. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Tertiary care facility. PARTICIPANTS: Hospitalized medical patients aged 65 and older (N = 9,245; mean age 80...
October 20, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Andrew Binding, Richard Ward, Chai Phua, Veronique Naessens, Tara O'Brien, Sacha Bhatia, Hayley Baranek, Husayn Marani, Geetha Mukerji
OBJECTIVES: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) with vaso-occlusive crises (VOC) often visit the emergency department (ED) for management of painful episodes. The primary objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the acceptability of a short-stay model for treatment of VOC in SCD outside of the ED in Toronto, Canada. Secondary objectives were to assess patient satisfaction of this model, barriers to its use and comparison of clinical outcomes to a historical control. METHODS: Adult SCD patients with symptoms of an uncomplicated VOC between October 2014 to July 2016 were managed according to best practice recommendations in a short-stay unit as an alternative to the local emergency room...
October 17, 2017: CJEM
Bo Ram Lee, Hye-Rim Kim, Eun-Sook Choi, Jung-Hoon Cho, Nam-Jun Kim, Jung-Hee Kim, Kyeong-Min Lee, Abdul Razzaq, Hansaem Choi, Yunju Hwang, Craig A Grimes, Bong-Hyo Lee, Eunjoo Kim, Su-Il In
Acupuncture originated within the auspices of Oriental medicine, and today is used as an alternative method for treating various diseases and symptoms. The physiological mechanisms of acupuncture appear to involve the release of endogenous opiates and neurotransmitters, with the signals mediating through electrical stimulation of the central nervous system (CNS). Earlier we reported a nanoporous stainless steel acupuncture needle with enhanced therapeutic properties, evaluated by electrophysiological and behavioral responses in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats...
October 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
David G Borenstein, Afton L Hassett, David Pisetsky
The Pain Management Task Force of the American College of Rheumatology published a report in 2010 highlighting pain management as a fundamental aspect of clinical practice, training and research. In the interim, the consideration of pain as a focus of attention of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals has become even more challenging than in 2010 because of the epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose death. The characterisation of categories of pain by mechanism (e.g., inflammation, joint degeneration, abnormalities of central pain processing) can help guide treatment...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Ruth M Labardee, Jaime R Swartzwelder, Karen E Gebhardt, Justine A Pardi, Anna C Dawsey, R Brent Dixon, Steven W Cotten
OBJECTIVE: Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a rising concern with unknown long-term effects. It is apparent that higher cost of care, impact on the community and reduced quality of life are associated with similar etiologies (e.g., fetal alcohol syndrome). Detection of drug exposure in utero allows for earlier intervention to potentially reduce undesired outcomes. Umbilical cord tissue (UCT) has been documented as a readily accessible specimen for detection of drug exposure and has emerged as an alternative specimen to meconium...
December 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
Christopher S Freet, Danielle N Alexander, Caesar G Imperio, Victor Ruiz-Velasco, Patricia S Grigson
The single nucleotide polymorphism of the μ-opioid receptor, OPRM1 A118G, has been associated with greater drug and alcohol use, increased sensitivity to pain, and reduced sensitivity to the antinociceptive effects of opiates. In the present studies, we employed a 'humanized' mouse model containing the wild-type (118AA) or variant (118GG) allele to examine behavior in a model of heroin-induced devaluation of an otherwise palatable saccharin cue when repeated saccharin-heroin pairings occurred every 24h (Experiment 1) or every 48h (Experiment 2)...
September 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
Meagan Stabler, Peter Giacobbi, Ilana Chertok, Leann Long, Lesley Cottrell, Panitan Yossuck
BACKGROUND: Opioid and cocaine antenatal substance use can result in significant obstetric and pediatric health implications. Accurate detection of in utero-exposed neonates can improve patient care and health outcomes. Therefore, the effectiveness of mother-infant biological and diagnostic indicators collected at labor and delivery to provide accurate detection of in utero opiate and cocaine exposure was assessed. METHODS: A retrospective medical chart review included 335 mother-infant dyads exposed to antenatal substances who were delivered between January 2009 and March 2014...
December 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
William Shutze, William P Shutze, Purvi Prajapati, Gerald Ogola, Jordan Schauer, Emily Biller, Nicholas Douville, Ryan A Shutze
Objective Postoperative pain following lower extremity revascularization procedures is traditionally controlled with narcotic administration. However, this may not adequately control the pain and puts the patient at risk for complications from opiate use. Here we report an alternative strategy for pain management using a continuous catheter-infused local anesthetic into the operative limb. Design Retrospective case-control study. Methods Patients undergoing lower extremity revascularization procedures using continuous catheter-infused local anesthetic were compared to similar patients undergoing similar procedures during the same time period who did not receive continuous catheter-infused local anesthetic...
January 1, 2017: Vascular
Amanda Reiman, Mark Welty, Perry Solomon
Introduction: Prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Alternatives to opioids for the treatment of pain are necessary to address this issue. Cannabis can be an effective treatment for pain, greatly reduces the chance of dependence, and eliminates the risk of fatal overdose compared to opioid-based medications. Medical cannabis patients report that cannabis is just as effective, if not more, than opioid-based medications for pain. Materials and Methods: The current study examined the use of cannabis as a substitute for opioid-based pain medication by collecting survey data from 2897 medical cannabis patients...
2017: Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research
Alexandros G Asimakopoulos, Pranav Kannan, Sean Higgins, Kurunthachalam Kannan
A liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-qQq-MS/MS) method was developed for simultaneous determination of 89 legal neuropsychiatric pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs (both parent compounds and metabolites) and other micropollutants in unfiltered wastewater and freshwater. The target chemicals fall under the classes of amphetamine-type stimulants, cocaine compounds, opiates and opioids, benzodiazepines, lysergic compounds, antipsychotics, anesthetics, antiepileptics, antidepressants, sympathomimetics, cannabinoids, blood thinners, antihistamines, β-blockers, caffeine derivatives, nicotine derivatives, z-drugs, new designer drugs, and Alzheimer medications...
October 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Esther Berrocoso, Raquel Rey-Brea, Mercedes Fernández-Arévalo, Juan Antonio Micó, Lucía Martín-Banderas
Neuropathic pain, resistant to opiates and other drugs, is a chronic/persistent state with a complex treatment and often poor efficacy. In this scenario, cannabinoids are increasingly regarded as a genuine alternative. In this paper, and in an experimental animal model of neuropathic pain, we studied the efficacy of three kinds of PLGA nanoparticles containing synthetic cannabinoid CB13: (i) plain nanoparticles (PLGA); (ii) particles coated with PEG chains (PLGA+PEG) and (iii) particles possessing hydrophilic surfaces obtained by covalently binding PEG chains (PLGA-PEG)...
July 26, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
A M Ares, P Fernández, M Regenjo, A M Fernández, A M Carro, R A Lorenzo
The emergence in recent years of potentially dangerous new psychoactive substances (NPS) that are not under international control has led to the development of multi-analyte procedures for their unequivocal quantification. A fast ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method (UPLC-MS/MS), in combination with a sample pretreatment based on microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS), was for the first time used in this work for the simultaneous determination of NPS in oral fluid. This matrix is an effective alternative to typical biological samples for drug control in substitution therapy programs, and also for the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
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