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Narcotic prescribing

Angela Nakahara, Nicole D Ulrich, Rajiv Gala
Background: Louisiana is significantly impacted by the opioid epidemic. In preparation for a quality improvement project aimed at decreasing postpartum narcotics prescriptions, we evaluated routine prescribing practices on a postpartum unit and the number of patient-initiated encounters for postpartum pain. Methods: We conducted a retrospective medical record review of all vaginal deliveries occurring at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans, LA in December 2016 and January 2017...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Blair Peters, Jennifer L Giuffre
PURPOSE: Treatment patterns of carpal tunnel surgery by members of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) have recently been published. The majority of cases in this study were performed in the general operating room with intravenous (IV) sedation or a Bier block. Patients were most commonly prescribed hydrocodone for postoperative pain. The majority of carpal tunnel releases at our center are performed under local anesthesia alone, with plain acetaminophen (Tylenol) or codeine prescribed for postoperative pain...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Suresh Mohan, Neil Bhattacharyya
Objectives To recognize current opioid prescription patterns in otolaryngology and determine changes in rates of outpatient opioid prescribing over time. Study Design Cross-sectional analysis of national survey database. Setting Ambulatory care settings in the United States. Subjects and Methods The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2006 to 2013 was analyzed for outpatient otolaryngology visits. The rate of opioid medication prescribing was determined with patient and visit characteristics associated with an opioid prescription, including corresponding diagnoses...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Michael J Moses, Jared C Tishelman, Saqib Hasan, Peter L Zhou, Ioanna Zevgaras, Justin S Smith, Aaron J Buckland, Yong Kim, Afshin Razi, Themistocles S Protopsaltis
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-Sectional Study. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study is to investigate how surgeons differ in collar and narcotic use, as well as return to driving recommendations following cervical spine surgeries and the associated medico-legal ramifications of these conditions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Restoration of quality of life is one of the main goals of cervical spine surgery. Patients frequently inquire when they may safely resume driving after cervical spine surgery...
March 9, 2018: Spine
Ellen M Raney, Harold J P van Bosse, Kevin G Shea, Joshua M Abzug, Richard M Schwend
INTRODUCTION: The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached crisis proportions. Urgent response is needed. Hydrocodone in combination with acetaminophen is the most prescribed drug in the United States. The most common source of opioids available for misuse is the unused portions of postoperative prescriptions. Among high school seniors, 80% of those who reported nonmedical use of prescription opioids previously had legitimate prescriptions but recreationally used leftover doses...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Mark R Jones, Alan D Kaye, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Joshua A Hirsch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of chronic pain and prescription opioid abuse has resulted in epidemic problems for patients and clinicians. The consequences are taking a heavy toll on patients, physicians, and society. Specific to radiology, a significant need exists for best practice assessment and treatment approaches for pain management, as patients with chronic pain often undergo radiological tests of unclear clinical relevance. RECENT FINDINGS: The USA is amid an opioid-prescribing epidemic and resultant overdose public health emergency...
February 23, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Morgan L Trepte, Jessica J Auten, Stephen M Clark, Hendrik W van Deventer
Hyperleukocytosis occurs in 15-20% of all newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia patients and requires emergent treatment with leukapheresis or hydroxyurea when accompanied by signs or symptoms of leukostasis. Currently, there is no standardized hydroxyurea dosing strategy, although usual dosing ranges from 50 to 150 mg/kg/day, and prescribing patterns vary significantly among oncologists and institutions. In addition to other hematologic and dermatologic toxicities, the use of hydroxyurea may be associated with significant mucositis and mucositis-related pain...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Michael K Urban, Kristy M Labib, Shane C Reid, Amanda K Goon, Valeria Rotundo, Frank P Cammisa, Federico P Girardi
Background: The treatment of postoperative pain is a challenge after posterior spinal fusions. Pain management using predominantly opioids is often associated with multiple adverse effects, while multimodal postoperative analgesia may provide adequate pain relief with fewer opioid side effects. Questions/Purposes: The purpose of this review is to determine whether addition of 150 mg pregabalin daily would reduce narcotic requirements and improve outcomes after posterior lumbar fusion (PLF)...
February 2018: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
Joseph M Banno, Katherine Shield, Krunal Patel, Anupam A Sule
Mycobacterium abscessus is a fast growing, non-tubercular mycobacterium (NTM) found in water. NTM bacteremia is usually seen in immunocompromised patients who have intravascular catheters. Mycobacterium abscessus bacteremia is often caused by exposure to contaminated water supply in hemodialysis units. A 28-year-old female with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, end stage renal disease (on hemodialysis via Ash catheter), and recurrent deep vein thrombosis presented to the hospital with proximal right leg deep vein thrombosis...
November 27, 2017: Curēus
Mahyar Etminan, M Reza Nouri, Mohit Sodhi, Bruce C Carleton
OBJECTIVE: Recently, there has been great interest in the use, abuse and over-prescribing of opioid analgesics for children. However, there is a paucity of evidence on patterns of prescribing of both narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics for children by dentists. METHODS: We used a population-wide prescription drug database (PharmaNet) in British Columbia, Canada, to examine prescribing and dispensing of analgesics surrounding dental procedures. We examined all drugs prescribed for children by dentists between 1997 and 2013, as we had access to data on drug doses and days of medication supply...
August 2017: Journal—Canadian Dental Association, Journal de L'Association Dentaire Canadienne
Rachael Rzasa Lynn, J L Galinkin
Opioid-related mortality is a growing problem in the United States, and in 2015 there were over 33,000 opioid-related deaths. To combat this mortality trend, naloxone is increasingly being utilized in a pre-hospital setting by emergency personnel and prescribed to laypersons for out-of-hospital administration. With increased utilization of naloxone there has been a subsequent reduction in mortality following an opioid overdose. Reversal of opioid toxicity may precipitate an opioid-withdrawal syndrome. At the same time, there is a risk of inadequate response or re-narcotization after the administration of a single dose of naloxone in patients who have taken large doses or long-acting opioid formulations, as the duration of effect of naloxone is shorter than that of many opioid agonists...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Shereen Abdelhakim Abdelaleem, Osama A Hassan, Rasha F Ahmed, Nagwa M Zenhom, Rehab A Rifaai, Nashwa F El-Tahawy
Tramadol is a synthetic, centrally acting analgesic. It is the most consumed narcotic drug that is prescribed in the world. Tramadol abuse has dramatically increased in Egypt. Long term use of tramadol can induce endocrinopathy. So, the aim of this study was to analyze the adrenal insufficiency induced by long term use of tramadol in experimental animals and also to assess its withdrawal effects through histopathological and biochemical genetic study. Forty male albino rats were used in this study. The rats were divided into 4 groups (control group, tramadol-treated group, and withdrawal groups)...
2017: Journal of Toxicology
Chris A Anthony, Alexander Volkmar, Apurva S Shah, Mike Willey, Matt Karam, J Lawrence Marsh
BACKGROUND: Communication with orthopedic trauma patients is traditionally problematic with low response rates (RRs). The purpose of this investigation was to (1) evaluate the feasibility of communicating with orthopedic trauma patients postoperatively, utilizing an automated mobile phone messaging platform; and (2) assess the first 2 weeks of postoperative patient-reported pain and opioid use after lower extremity orthopedic trauma procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective investigation at a Level 1 trauma center in the United States...
December 20, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
K Linnea Welton, Matthew J Kraeutler, Eric C McCarty, Armando F Vidal, Jonathan T Bravman
BACKGROUND: Orthopedic surgeons are among the highest prescribers of narcotic pills, and no guidelines currently exist for appropriate management of postoperative pain within this field. The purpose of this study was to gain understanding of the current pain management strategies used perioperatively and postoperatively among orthopedic shoulder surgeons. METHODS: Members of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons were e-mailed an online survey regarding methods for managing pain in the perioperative and postoperative setting for total shoulder arthroplasty, labral and capsular stabilization procedures, and rotator cuff repair...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Michael J Nooromid, Neel A Mansukhani, Benjamin W Deschner, Simon Moradian, Nabil Issa, Karen J Ho, Jonah J Stulberg
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to pain management curriculum in medical school is currently variable. This paper reports on formal prescribing education, self-perceived prescribing readiness, and prescribing practices among incoming surgical residents before and after a pain management training session. METHODS: Pre-residency survey of thirty surgical interns at a single urban medical center, followed by a repeat survey after an educational session on prescription writing and opioid abuse...
February 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Sagar Patel, Angela Sturm, Michael Bobian, Peter F Svider, Giancarlo Zuliani, Russell Kridel
Importance: Given the increase in opioid addiction and overdose in the United States, reasoned opioid use after outpatient surgery may affect prescription medication abuse. Objectives: To examine patient use of opioids after rhinoplasty and establish an optimal postrhinoplasty pain management regimen. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this case series, opioid use was evaluated in 62 patients who underwent rhinoplasty performed by 3 fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeons, 2 in private practice in Texas and 1 in an academic setting in Michigan, from February 2016 to September 2016...
November 9, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
Sophia D Becker, Daniel G Becker
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We examine the current literature on pain management after sinus and nasal surgery. The goal after surgery is to provide effective pain management without having too many 'leftovers', as leftover medications are an important source of opioids that are fueling the current prescription narcotic epidemic in the United States. There are more than 250 000 sinus operations and 260 000 septoplasties performed annually, and surgeons commonly prescribe a narcotic pain medication for postoperative pain management...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Akash Gupta, Kanupriya Kumar, Matthew M Roberts, Austin E Sanders, Mackenzie T Jones, David S Levine, Martin J O'Malley, Mark C Drakos, Andrew J Elliott, Jonathan T Deland, Scott J Ellis
BACKGROUND: The number of opioids prescribed and used has increased precipitously over the past 2 decades for a number of reasons and has led to increases in long-term dependency, opioid-related deaths, and diversion. Most studies examining the role of prescribing habits have investigated nonoperative providers, although there is some literature describing perioperative opioid prescription and use. There are no studies looking at the number of pills consumed after outpatient foot and ankle surgeries, nor are there guidelines for how many pills providers should prescribe...
October 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
Basem Attum, Andres Buitrago Rodriguez, Nichelle Harrison, Adam Evans, William Obremskey, Manish Sethi, Alex Jahangir
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this retrospective study was to identify opioid prescribing practices, determine the number of morphine milliequivalents (MMEs) prescribed by orthopaedic/non-orthopaedic members to narcotic naive and previously exposed patients and provide narcotic prescribing recommendations. METHODS: Patients over 18 years old with an isolated femur fracture sustained between 2013 and 2015 were identified using the CPT code 27506. Prescribing information was obtained from the State Controlled Substance Monitoring Database (CSMD)...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Patrick Carpenter, Daniel Hall, Jeremy D Meier
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to evaluate the current literature regarding postoperative management after tonsillectomy in children. RECENT FINDINGS: Controversy remains regarding the ideal medication regimen to manage pain after tonsillectomy. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are routinely used, although concerns of more severe postoperative hemorrhage with ibuprofen remain. Narcotics are prescribed commonly, but with extreme caution in children with severe obstructive sleep apnea...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
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