Alex F. Peahl, MD
Despite the implementation of protocols to reduce opioid prescriptions during hospitalizations, approximately 90% of women who underwent cesarean delivery and did not use opioids in the hospital were discharged with an opioid prescription, according to findings from two related studies presented at Anesthesiology 2019.
“The two-step intervention was important because it showed that heavy education of prescribers, and the nurses in particular, on the postpartum floor allowed us to significantly reduce the amount of opioids [prescribed in the hospital],” Ruth Landau, MD, director of obstetric anesthesia at Columbia University Medical Center, told Healio Primary Care.
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