More than 63,000 people in the US died of drug overdoses in 2016, and two-thirds of those overdoses involved prescription or illicit opioids. Even as health care providers have in many instances reversed once liberal prescribing of opioids — a significant factor driving the spike in addiction and deaths — open questions remain about how to safely and effectively treat acute pain without over-reliance on these drugs.
Now, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a leader in health and health care worldwide, has developed a resource to help health professionals working on this issue. Advancing the Safety of Acute Pain Management calls for shifting the paradigm from an expectation that pain can be eliminated to one in which clinicians work with patients and families to manage pain in the context of functional and quality of life goals — and where opioids are only one option for pain control.
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