Healio.com/Orthopedics highlights new programs and approaches developed by practices to help reduce patient opioid use. More stories from this Healio.com/Orthopedics’ series can be found by clicking here.
Geisinger partners with community to reduce opioid addiction
With help from the surrounding community, Geisinger has implemented and expanded its opioid management program to combat opioid use disorder and develop a recovery community for its patients. Read more.
Preoperative protocol at HSS aims to identify patients at risk for difficult pain management
Physicians across the United States have encountered patients scheduled for orthopedic surgery who are already on high-dose opioid pain medication. While surgeons may refer these patients to a pain management specialist, not all do, and of the patients who are referred, not all follow through with an appointment. Read more.
Prescriber transparency reduced opioid prescriptions at UCSF after orthopedic surgery
LAS VEGAS — Use of a goal-directed opioid reduction strategy successfully reduced opioid prescriptions at discharge at one institution with no significant increase in post-discharge refill rates, according to results presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. Read more.
Twin Cities Orthopedics opioid guidelines program reduced prescriptions after orthopedic surgery
Twin Cities Orthopedics in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area has significantly reduced pain medication prescriptions and improved the habits for safe disposal of unused medications while maintaining high patient satisfaction levels with implementation of an opioid guidelines program. Read more.