Tag Archive for ‘opioid abuse prevention’

Teaching trainees how to write: Surgical resident opioid prescribing and perioperative pain management

HIGHLIGHTS Describes the role of residents in managing the opioid epidemic Outlines interventions, including education, to empower residents to make smart prescribing decisions Identifies the need for management of buprenorphine in the postoperative setting Opioid use disorder is rampant across the U.S. and has become a leading cause of injury-related death in the nation. In […]

Managing postoperative pain while limiting opioid prescriptions

Opioid abuse has come to the forefront of medical issues in recent years. What began in the 1990s with an increase in opioid prescriptions, fueled by a desire to better treat pain and reassurances from pharmaceutical companies on safety, developed into a crisis affecting nearly 1.7 million individuals by 2017, according to the National Institute […]

Figure 1. Opioid prescription trends

JAMA Surgery “Viewpoint” misrepresents Joint Commission’s role in the opioid epidemic

This month’s column is a response to a “Viewpoint” published in JAMA Surgery that erroneously describes The Joint Commission’s role in the opioid epidemic.

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Patient satisfaction and pain control using an opioid-sparing postoperative pathway

Researchers found that patients reported minimal or no opioid use after implementation of an opioid-sparing pathway while still reporting high satisfaction and pain control.

Figure 1. ERABS protocol

ERABS leads to reduced opioid use among bariatric surgery patients

This column describes the implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery strategies at a community hospital and the reduction of opioid requirements after surgery.

ACS works with Congress to address the U.S. opioid crisis

The ACS advocacy efforts and policy positions regarding the opioid crisis are summarized as are the key points of the SUPPORT Patients and Communities Act, which includes provisions for treatment, prevention, and safe disposal of opioids.

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Coming next month in JACS and online now: Post-discharge opioid prescribing and use after common surgical procedures

A study in an upcoming issue of JACS examines the variability in opioid prescribing and use after surgery.


Surgeon stewardship of the opioid epidemic: An introduction

In this introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue, the author describes the surgeon’s role in alleviating the opioid epidemic at the national, state, and local levels.


The general surgeon’s role in enhancing patient education about prescription opioids

The role of an interdisciplinary approach to minimize opioid use and enhance pain management, as well as the benefits of the Opioid Safety Initiative Toolkit, are described.


Postoperative opioid prescriptions: How surgeons can alleviate the opioid crisis

The Turn the Tide initiative is summarized as are alternative postoperative pain management strategies.


Surgeons and the opioid epidemic: Treatment and education strategies for the practicing surgeon

This article explains the effect of implicit biases on assessment and treatment of patient pain and describes how enhanced recovery after surgery protocols are used across  many specialties to reduce rates of opioid use.

Figure 1. CDS licensing and registration and medical education training requirements by state, as of June 21, 2017

Surgical leadership is required to reverse the opioid crisis

Describes how surgeons can help to reverse the opioid crisis through research and advocacy efforts and describes recent ACS efforts in this area.


Preoperative communication promotes opioid stewardship

Strategies for improving communication at the preoperative stage are summarized, and the role of informed consent in opioid stewardship is described.

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Statement on the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

The following Statement on the Opioid Abuse Epidemic was developed by the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy and the Division of Education Patient Education Committee;  it was approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2017 meeting.


The opioid epidemic: What can surgeons do about it?

The surgeon’s role in addressing the U.S. opioid crisis is described, as are the College’s efforts to educate policymakers, providers, and patients about opioid abuse prevention.


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