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nurses and opioids

Sarah Axeen
OBJECTIVE: To determine characteristics and trends in opioid use, questionable use, and prescribing in Medicare. STUDY SETTING: Opioid prescriptions filled through Medicare Part D for beneficiaries with full-year, fee-for-service Medicare coverage during 2006 to 2012. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a 20 percent sample of Medicare claims data. Estimates are adjusted using multivariable regression analysis. DATA COLLECTION: Opioid use, opioid abuse, questionable opioid use, and opioid prescribing by specialty...
March 12, 2018: Health Services Research
John W Barrington, Ryan N Hansen, Belinda Lovelace, Elaine A Böing, Morad Chughtai, Jared M Newman, An T Pham, Anton Khlopas, Nipun Sodhi, Assem A Sultan, Michael A Mont
Postoperative pain remains difficult to control after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). While various modalities have been used, they have been associated with several side effects. For example, opioids have many side effects including: sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, respiratory depression, and can lead to dependency. Recently, intravenous (IV) acetaminophen has been introduced as a method to manage postoperative pain. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the postoperative outcomes of TKA patients who received oral acetaminophen versus IV acetaminophen...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
Nathan R Blue, Cristina Murray-Krezan, Shana Drake-Lavelle, Daniel Weinberg, Bradley D Holbrook, Vivek R Katukuri, Lawrence Leeman, Ellen L Mozurkewich
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use has been shown to increase blood pressure in non-pregnant adults. Because of this, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests avoiding their use in women with postpartum hypertension; however, evidence to support this recommendation is lacking. OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to test the hypothesis that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, adversely affect postpartum blood pressure control in women with preeclampsia with severe features...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gina C Dobbs, Susanne A Fogger
In the wake of epidemic of opioid overdoses in the United States, patients who are receiving treatment for chronic pain with opioid have come under increasing scrutiny. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a guideline for managing chronic pain in 2016, which makes recommendations for opioids based on current evidence. This review will highlight key components of the guideline including differentiating addiction from dependence to assist nurses to better inform patient care in managing chronic pain...
January 2018: Journal of Addictions Nursing
Amy L Haycraft
Opioid use disorder (OUD) in pregnancy is increasing, which often results in poor maternal and neonatal outcomes including neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as a result of lack of prenatal care and inadequate substance use disorder management. Practice guidelines have been developed to manage OUD during and after pregnancy for mother and baby, but barriers exist, limiting comprehensive implementation. To reduce the impact of OUD in pregnancy and associated maternal and neonatal sequela, implementing compassionate evidence-based care and a non-punitive response is needed...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Zoe Edwards, Alison Blenkinsopp, Lucy Ziegler, Michael I Bennett
Pain experienced by many patients with advanced cancer is often not well controlled and community pharmacists are potentially well placed to provide support. The study objective was to explore the views and experiences of patients with advanced cancer about community pharmacies, their services and attitudes towards having a community pharmacist pain medicines consultation. Purposive sampling of GP clinical information systems was used to recruit patients with advanced cancer, living in the community and receiving opioid analgesics in one area of England, UK between January 2015 and July 2016...
February 26, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
Jessica M Downes, Donald G Klepser, Jennifer Foster, Maggie Nelson
PURPOSE: The implementation of a chronic pain protocol (CPP) and its effects on the management of long-term opioid therapy are described. SUMMARY: The CPP used at a federally qualified health center and primary care clinic was updated in 2015 and included a prescribing ceiling in morphine equivalent dose (MED) per day and standardized the prescribing of chronic opioids. Intermittent urine drug screening performed at least once annually was added as a requirement of the pain management contract between the provider and the patient...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Anniek D Masman, Monique van Dijk, Joost van Rosmalen, Frans P M Baar, Dick Tibboel, Anneke A Boerlage
BACKGROUND: In palliative care, administration of opioids is often indispensable for pain treatment. Pain assessment may help recognize pain and guide treatment in non-communicative patients. In the Netherlands the Rotterdam Elderly Pain Observation Scale (REPOS) is recommended to this aim, but not yet validated. Therefore the objective of this study was to validate the REPOS in non-communicative or unconscious end-of-life patients. METHODS: In this observational study, the primary researcher applied the REPOS, while both the researcher and a nurse applied the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS)...
February 21, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
Richard Whittington, Kathleen Whittington, John Whittington, Joel Porter, Karla Zimmermann, Holly Case, Stacey Berg
Background: Morbidity and mortality from prescription opioids has reached unprecedented levels. Opioids remain part of chronic pain treatment in primary care. This study was designed to determine whether one-on-one care management increases procurement of Naloxone, an opioid antagonist shown to reduce morbidity and mortality in opioid overdoses. Methods: Participants included all patients ≥18 years enrolled in a primary care-based chronic pain management program and who were prescribed a daily dose of opioids for treatment of chronic pain...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Public Health
Rhonda Snow, Stephanie T Wynn
Support and safety measures are essential for Veterans admitted to acute psychiatric units with co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. A human patient simulator was used to train clinicians to recognize opioid withdrawal symptoms. Clinicians were educated to assess for opioid withdrawal symptoms using the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale. Knowledge was evaluated via pre/posttest. All participants' (N = 12) posttest scores improved...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Jeanne Murphy, Daisy Goodman, M Christina Johnson, Mishka Terplan
The federal response to the opioid use disorder crisis has included a mobilization of resources to encourage office-based pharmacotherapy with buprenorphine, an effort culminating in the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, signed into law as Public Law 114-198. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act was designed to increase access to treatment with special emphasis on services for pregnant women and follow-up for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure. In this effort, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act laudably expands eligibility for obtaining a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to nurse practitioners and physician assistants...
March 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Robert Hart, Gordon Burns, Susan Smith
Intrathecal opioids (ITOs) are commonly administered as part of a multimodal anaesthetic strategy for a variety of surgical procedures. The evolution of laparoscopic surgical techniques has seen the popularity of ITOs increase as they are effective, well tolerated and lack the cardiovascular side effects associated with epidural infusions. The risk of delayed respiratory depression remains a concern; therefore, high-quality post-operative monitoring is vital. The evidence regarding the practicalities of ITO administration such as opioid dose, type, side effect prevalence and ideal post-operative care arrangements are sparse...
February 2018: British Journal of Pain
Alison J Wright, Stephen Sutton, David Armstrong, Paul Aveyard, Ann Louise Kinmonth, Theresa M Marteau
Pharmacogenomics may improve health outcomes in two ways: by more precise and therefore more effective prescribing, tailored to genotype, and by increasing perceived effectiveness of treatments and so motivation for adherence. Little is known about patients' experiences of, and reactions to, receiving pharmacogenomically tailored treatments. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of pharmacogenomic prescribing of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) on smokers' initial expectations of quit success, adherence, and perceived important differences from previous quit attempts...
January 29, 2018: Translational Behavioral Medicine
Ryan M Surmaitis, Alexandra Amaducci, Kathryn Henry, Michael Jong, Emily A Kiernan, Hope Kincaid, Lindsay J Houck, Sandra J Sabbatini, Marna Rayl Greenberg, Kenneth D Katz
PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine the current attitudes, perceptions, and practices of emergency medicine providers and nurses (RNs) regarding the discharge of adult patients from the emergency department (ED) after administration of opioid analgesics. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was administered at 3 hospital sites with a combined annual ED census of >180,000 visits per year. All 59 attending emergency physicians (EPs), 233 RNs, and 23 advanced practice clinicians (APCs) who worked at these sites were eligible to participate...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
Gery P Guy, Ruth A Shults
Evidence-based information for nurses on the risks and benefits of prescription opioids.
February 2018: American Journal of Nursing
Nitika Sanger, Meha Bhatt, Laura Zielinski, Stephanie Sanger, Hamnah Shahid, Bianca Bantoto, M Constantine Samaan, Russell de Souza, Zainab Samaan
BACKGROUND: In North America, opioid use has become a public health crisis with policy makers declaring it a state of emergency. Opioid substitution therapy (OST) is a harm-reduction method used in treating opioid use disorder. While OST has shown to be successful in improving treatment outcomes, there is still a great degree of variability among patients. This cohort of patients has shifted from young males using heroin to a greater number of older people and women using prescription opioids...
January 25, 2018: Systematic Reviews
Rachael Romisher, Deanna Hill, Xiaomei Cong
BACKGROUND: As opioid abuse increases in the United States, the rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) rises dramatically. Caring for infants with NAS and their families is a significant challenge to neonatal nurses. PURPOSE: The purpose of this survey study was to explore attitudes and practice trends among nurses caring for infants with NAS. The study also aimed to identify any gaps in knowledge about NAS. METHOD: An anonymous, cross-sectional survey study was conducted using a researcher-developed questionnaire...
January 22, 2018: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Rachel Lumish, Joshana K Goga, Nicole J Brandt
The use of opioid drug therapy in older adults has increased over the past decade. Although use of opioid drugs may be clinically warranted, ongoing use needs to be monitored closely to evaluate risks and benefits, especially with the potential for adverse events and misuse. An opioid drug deprescribing protocol would provide clinicians with a method to assess an individual's need for opioid agents, as well as a systematic process to taper opioid drug therapy when deemed appropriate. Although more than 60 studies have reported methods for deprescribing, there is currently no established guideline for discontinuing opioid medications...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Geoffrey K Mitchell, Hugh E Senior, Claire E Johnson, Julia Fallon-Ferguson, Briony Williams, Leanne Monterosso, Joel J Rhee, Peta McVey, Matthew P Grant, Michèle Aubin, Harriet Tg Nwachukwu, Patsy M Yates
BACKGROUND: End of life care (EoLC) is a fundamental role of general practice, which will become more important as the population ages. It is essential that general practice's role and performance of at the end of life is understood in order to maximise the skills of the entire workforce. OBJECTIVE: To provide a comprehensive description of the role and performance of general practitioners (GPs) and general practice nurses (GPNs) in EoLC symptom control. METHOD: Systematic literature review of papers from 2000 to 2017 were sought from Medline, PsycINFO, Embase, Joanna Briggs Institute and Cochrane databases...
January 20, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Megan E Phillips, Rod A Gilmore, Melody C Sheffield, Stephanie V Phan
PURPOSE: To compare pain assessment documentation postopioid administration in hospitalized patients before and after implementing nurse education. METHODS: Patients 18 years and older were randomly selected for inclusion if they received 1 opioid dose while admitted to the hospital. Through retrospective chart review, opioid data, including date and time, were collected for each opioid administered. Pain score data, including time and date of documentation, were recorded for analysis...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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