Managing patients’ pain levels during hospitalization presents many challenges. Some patients may be naïve to opioids while others are habituated to them, making it difficult to appropriately regulate individual patients’ doses. As patients prepare to leave the hospital, clinicians must decisions about discharge prescriptions. Utilizing case-based scenarios, this session will address these challenges of acute hospital opioid management and provide solutions for balancing compassionate care while decreasing potential harm.
Acute Pain Care in a Complex World: The Harborview Medical Center Experience
Ivan K. Lesnik, MD
The Role of Acute Care Prescribing in the Opioid Epidemic
Chad M. Brummett, MD
- Implement strategies in their hospital to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed during the hospitalization, upon discharge and for ongoing, chronic use in the community.
- Identify patients hospitalized with pain for history of substance use, misuse, and/or abuse in order to provide more individualized treatment plan.
- Provide clinical recommendations or treatment for hospitalized patients that need alternative management of pain due to their history of prior substance misuse/abuse.
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