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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887020/narcotic-use-and-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Jourdan M Cancienne, Kishan J Patel, James A Browne, Brian C Werner
BACKGROUND: Although the United States is in the midst of a narcotic epidemic, risk factors for use and the impact of perioperative narcotic use on total knee arthroplasty (TKA) outcomes is ill-defined. METHODS: A national database was queried for patients who underwent primary TKA from 2007 to 2015. Patients taking narcotics in the preoperative, and for a prolonged period of time postoperatively, were identified. The risk factors for prolonged narcotic use were analyzed with a regression analysis, in addition to evaluating preoperative and prolonged postoperative use as independent risk factors for short-term and long-term complications...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862884/opioid-prescribing-patterns-by-obstetrics-and-gynecology-residents-in-the-united-states
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Adam D Baruch, Daniel McBurney Morgan, Vanessa K Dalton, Carolyn Swenson
BACKGROUND: Despite the opioid epidemic in the U.S., little data exist to guide postoperative opioid prescribing in Obstetrics & Gynecology (Ob/Gyn). OBJECTIVE: To describe Ob/Gyn resident opioid prescription patterns in the U.S. and assess influential factors. METHODS: An anonymous survey was emailed to Ob/Gyn residents in the U.S. between January-February 2015. Respondents reported the typical number of discharge narcotic tablets prescribed following six common procedures...
September 1, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735156/adaptive-periodic-paralysis-allows-weaning-deep-sedation-overcoming-the-drowning-syndrome-in-ecmo-patients-bridged-for-lung-transplantation-a-case-series
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Irina Timofte, Michael Terrin, Erik Barr, June Kim, Joseph Rinaldi, Nicholas Ladikos, Jay Menaker, Ali Tabatabai, Zachary Kon, Bartley Griffith, Richard Pierson, Si Pham, Aldo Iacono, Daniel Herr
PURPOSE: Sedation in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is challenging. Patients require deep sedation because of extremely high respiratory rates and increased work of breathing ("Drowning Syndrome") resulting in altered intra-thoracic pressure and reduced pump flow associated with hemodynamic compromise and decreased oxygenation. However, deep sedation impedes essential active rehabilitation with physical therapy. METHODS: We reviewed data on 3 ECMO patients for whom we used a novel approach to replace continuous drips with periodic sedation/paralysis...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705485/trainees-as-agents-of-change-in-the-opioid-epidemic-optimizing-the-opioid-prescription-practices-of-surgical-residents
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Alexander S Chiu, James M Healy, Michael P DeWane, Walter E Longo, Peter S Yoo
OBJECTIVE: Opioid abuse has become an epidemic in the United States, causing nearly 50,000 deaths a year. Postoperative pain is an unavoidable consequence of most surgery, and surgeons must balance the need for sufficient analgesia with the risks of overprescribing. Prescribing narcotics is often the responsibility of surgical residents, yet little is known about their opioid-prescribing habits, influences, and training experience. DESIGN: Anonymous online survey that assessed the amounts of postoperative opioid prescribed by residents, including type of analgesia, dosage, and number of pills, for a series of common general surgery procedures...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699380/addressing-the-barriers-related-with-opioid-therapy-for-management-of-chronic-pain-in-india
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Gur Prasad Dureja, Paramanand N Jain, Muralidhar Joshi, Ashok Saxena, Gautam Das, Jaishid Ahdal, Prashant Narang
India has a high prevalence of chronic disorders which may be associated with persistent pain. Despite the availability of multiple treatment options, chronic pain is largely untreated and contributes to disability and mortality. Medical consumption of opioids remains low due to various barriers that prevent access to opioids for patients and healthcare practitioners. Stringent regulatory provisions outlined in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1985) have been major deterrents to adequate opioid use...
July 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697049/wide-variation-and-overprescription-of-opioids-after-elective-surgery
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Cornelius A Thiels, Stephanie S Anderson, Daniel S Ubl, Kristine T Hanson, Whitney J Bergquist, Richard J Gray, Halena M Gazelka, Robert R Cima, Elizabeth B Habermann
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify opioid prescribing practices across surgical specialties and institutions. BACKGROUND: In an effort to minimize the contribution of prescription narcotics to the nationwide opioid epidemic, reductions in postoperative opioid prescribing have been proposed. It has been suggested that a maximum of 7 days, or 200 mg oral morphine equivalents (OME), should be prescribed at discharge in opioid-naïve patients. METHODS: Adults undergoing 25 common elective procedures from 2013 to 2015 were identified from American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data from 3 academic centers in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida...
October 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665561/-the-travelling-sports-physician
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Peter Jenoure
Travelling around your own country or even further abroad with a sports team or individual athletes as a sports physician is to be considered as a fundamental part of the various activities of a sports medicine practitioner.However, in our modern and quickly changing world, it is imperative to understand the different aspects of caring for athletes, also the legal ones. These may include licensing issues, malpractice coverage, access to care at outside institutions and prescribing and transporting medication of all sorts, including narcotics and substances of the list of prohibited ones (doping)...
July 13, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636707/incidence-and-predictors-of-opioid-prescription-at-discharge-after-traumatic-injury
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Muhammad Ali Chaudhary, Andrew J Schoenfeld, Alyssa F Harlow, Anju Ranjit, Rebecca Scully, Ritam Chowdhury, Meesha Sharma, Stephanie Nitzschke, Tracey Koehlmoos, Adil H Haider
Importance: In the current health care environment with increased scrutiny and growing concern regarding opioid use and abuse, there has been a push toward greater regulation over prescriptions of opioids. Trauma patients represent a population that may be affected by this regulation, as the incidence of pain at hospital discharge is greater than 95%, and opioids are considered the first line of treatment for pain management. However, the use of opioid prescriptions in trauma patients at hospital discharge has not been explored...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571723/opioid-consumption-after-rotator-cuff-repair
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Robert W Westermann, Chris A Anthony, Nic Bedard, Natalie Glass, Matt Bollier, Carolyn M Hettrich, Brian R Wolf
PURPOSE: Rising perioperative opioid use in the United States is of increasing concern. The purposes of this study were (1) to define opioid consumption after rotator cuff repair (RCR) in the United States and (2) to evaluate patient factors that may be associated with prolonged opioid use after arthroscopic RCR. METHODS: All arthroscopic RCRs performed between 2007 and 2014 were identified by use of Current Procedural Terminology code (29,827). Patients who filled opioid prescriptions preoperatively were divided into those who filled prescriptions at 1 to 3 months preceding RCR and those who filled opioid prescriptions only in the 1 month preceding RCR...
August 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554207/provider-type-and-management-of-common-visits-in-primary-care
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Douglas W Roblin, Hangsheng Liu, Lee F Cromwell, Michael Robbins, Brandi E Robinson, David Auerbach, Ateev Mehrotra
OBJECTIVES: Debate continues on whether nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are more likely to order ancillary services, or order more costly services among alternatives, than primary care physicians (PCPs). We compared prescription medication and diagnostic service orders associated with NP/PA versus PCP visits for management of neck or back (N/B) pain or acute respiratory infection (ARI). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study of visits from January 2006 through March 2008 in the adult primary care practice of Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, Georgia...
April 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543422/defending-opioid-treatment-agreements-disclosure-not-promises
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Joshua B Rager, Peter H Schwartz
In order to receive controlled pain medications for chronic non-oncologic pain, patients often must sign a "narcotic contract" or "opioid treatment agreement" in which they promise not to give pills to others, use illegal drugs, or seek controlled medications from health care providers. In addition, they must agree to use the medication as prescribed and to come to the clinic for drug testing and pill counts. Patients acknowledge that if they violate the opioid treatment agreement (OTA), they may no longer receive controlled medications...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538459/patient-comprehension-and-compliance-survey-to-assess-postoperative-pain-regimens-in-the-orthopaedic-trauma-population
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Anup K Gangavalli, Ajith Malige, Saqib Rehman, Chinenye O Nwachuku
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine the groups of patients who are at risk for noncompliance and misunderstanding of their pain regimen. DESIGN: Survey-based cohort study. SETTING: Suburban Level-I trauma center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: A total of 171 patients between the ages of 18-89 years who underwent surgical fixation of fractures involving the pelvis, long bones, or periarticular regions of the knee, ankle, elbow, and wrist...
June 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533997/metoclopramide-for-acute-migraine-treatment-in-the-emergency-department-an-effective-alternative-to-opioids
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REVIEW
Mejdi Najjar, Tyler Hall, Blanca Estupinan
In light of recent warnings by the United States (US) Surgeon General and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for recommending more prudent use of opioid narcotics, the search for a non-opioid alternative for aborting acute migraines is particularly relevant. The CDC also estimates the prevalence of opioid dependence may be as high as 26% among patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain, not due to cancer, in the primary care setting. Given such staggering data, it is imperative that we, as caretakers, not foster opioid dependence but rather continue to investigate non-opioid therapies for the management of acute migraines in the emergent care settings...
April 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474487/medication-safety-and-the-usability-of-electronic-prescribing-as-perceived-by-physicians-a-semistructured-interview-among-primary-health-care-physicians-in-finland
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Hanna Kauppinen, Riitta Ahonen, Pekka Mäntyselkä, Johanna Timonen
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: In Finland, a fully operational and nationwide electronic prescription (ePrescription) system was implemented by law in 2012 to 2015. From 2017, all prescriptions have to be electronic. ePrescriptions are intended to facilitate prescribing and to improve medication safety in Finnish health care. In this study, the aim was to explore physicians' experiences with the impacts of ePrescriptions on prescribing and medication safety in Finland. METHOD: Data were collected by conducting 42 interviews among primary health care physicians in spring 2015...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449307/the-efficacy-of-non-narcotic-analgesics-on-post-operative-endodontic-pain-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-the-efficacy-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-and-or-paracetamol-on-post-operative-endodontic-pain
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REVIEW
A Shirvani, S Shamszadeh, M J Eghbal, S Asgary
The objective of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of non-narcotic analgesics including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and/or paracetamol in the treatment of post-operative endodontic pain. Additionally, we aimed to examine the possible association of study covariates on the pain scores using meta-regression analysis. An electronic search was performed in 2016. After data extraction and quality assessment of the included studies (n = 27, representing 2188 patients), meta-analysis was performed using a random-effect inverse variance method...
September 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423940/preoperative-risk-factors-for-complications-in-elective-ankle-and-hindfoot-reconstruction
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Ryan P Mulligan, Kevin J McCarthy, Benjamin J Grear, David R Richardson, Susan N Ishikawa, G Andrew Murphy
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine medical, social, and psychological factors associated with complications and reoperation after foot and ankle reconstruction. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted of 132 patients (135 feet; 139 operative cases) who had elective foot and ankle reconstruction. Medical, social, and psychological variables were documented. Primary outcomes included complications and reoperations. RESULTS: The overall complication rate was 28% (39/139), and the reoperation rate was 17% (24/139)...
April 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle Specialist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296623/medicalizing-the-opioid-epidemic-in-the-u-s-in-the-era-of-health-care-reform
#17
David E Smith
The medicalization of the current opioid epidemic in the era of health care reform and parity, and its possible dismantling, poses many challenges. Between 2002 and 2013, drug overdose rates quadrupled. Parallel to an increase in prescription opioid overdose, heroin overdose deaths are increasing as patients shift to cheaper and more accessible heroin from the prescription opioids which physicians are prescribing less often due to increasing regulatory restrictions, as well as enhanced education and awareness...
April 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292504/pharmacists-perceptions-regarding-the-impact-of-hydrocodone-rescheduling-on-prescription-volume-workflow-management-and-patient-outcomes
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Tyler J Varisco, Motolani E Ogunsanya, Jamie C Barner, Marc L Fleming
OBJECTIVES: To determine (1) pharmacists' perceptions of how rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Schedule III to DEA Schedule II has influenced prescription volume and revenue, pharmacy workflow management, and patient outcomes; and (2) whether perceptions differed between pharmacists who support versus those who oppose HCP rescheduling. DESIGN: A cross-sectional mail survey. SETTING: Texas community pharmacies from October to December 2015...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240756/assessment-and-therapeutic-choice-in-septic-arthritis-of-the-hip-in-an-intravenous-drug-abuser-case-report-at-14-years-follow-up-and-review-of-literature
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REVIEW
P Persiani, F M Ranaldi, O Mazza, A Calistri, M Bove, M Crostelli, C Villani
INTRODUCTION: Osteoarticular infections are found frequently in drug addicted individuals, representing one of the main reasons for their hospitalization. Through inoculation, the pathogenic agents can enter the individual's system directly through the skin or parenterally, transmitted, that is, through syringes and other objects used during such practice. In these particular conditions, or when the medical history is vague, a warranted suspicion and the execution of targeted research can help in the diagnosis of high-risk patients such as addicts...
January 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211545/the-effect-of-gut-microbiome-on-tolerance-to-morphine-mediated-antinociception-in-mice
#20
Minho Kang, Ryan A Mischel, Sukhada Bhave, Essie Komla, Alvin Cho, Charity Huang, William L Dewey, Hamid I Akbarali
There is growing appreciation for the importance of gastrointestinal microbiota in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. While morphine and other narcotics are the most widely prescribed therapy for moderate to severe pain clinically, they have been noted to alter microbial composition and promote bacterial translocation to other tissues. Here we examined the pharmacodynamic properties of chronic morphine in mice following bacterial depletion with oral gavage of an antibiotic cocktail (ABX). ABX significantly reduced gut bacteria and prevented chronic morphine induced increases in gut permeability, colonic mucosal destruction, and colonic IL-1β expression...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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