An overreliance on prescribing opioid-derived painkillers is believed to have
contributed to the most recent spike in addiction and overdose deaths in the US.
In response, health systems are seeking ways to redesign systems and processes
to guide medical practitioners away from automatically prescribing drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet to their patients for acute pain, unless necessary. And, even then, for just short periods of time.
The key components of safer acute pain management systems, along with tools
John Krueger and Joan Maxwell, a physician and patient advisor who led the
expert panel behind the report, will discuss establishing shared expectations
around pain management. Their video simulation of a doctor and patient discussing her upcoming surgery demonstrates the value of level-setting with patients prior to surgery about multiple issues, including options for treating pain after surgery — an important step that is often missing in the acute pain management system. They will share guidance on how to have these conversations with patients, who should have them, and what you can adapt from model scripts.
Scott Winiecki heads up the Safe Use Initiative at the FDA, which has several
projects underway to tame the misuse of opioid prescriptions. He will discuss a
project that surveys surgical patients who’ve been prescribed opioids to
determine if the prescription duration and amount fall within new safety
guidelines. For individuals at risk for dependence or addiction, “leftover”
prescription opioids can function like a ticking time bomb.
Our WIHI guests all agree that health care needs to create safer processes for a
patient population that is becoming more aware of the risks of opioids, more
realistic about their ability to tolerate some pain, and more open to non-opioid
remedies for pain management. We invite you to join the May 30 WIHI to learn
how to enrich engagements with patients and sharpen acute pain management
strategies in your health system.
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