Opioid Prescribing Patterns amongst Otolaryngologists.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Feb 01;:194599818757959
Authors: Schwartz MA, Naples JG, Kuo CL, Falcone TE
Goals To guage nationwide traits in opioid prescribing patterns by otolaryngologists for postoperative ache management after frequent otolaryngologic procedures. Research Design Cross-sectional; survey. Topics and Strategies A survey to find out opioid prescribing patterns for the remedy of postoperative ache following frequent otolaryngologic procedures was distributed to all members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgical procedure. Outcomes The most typical ache medicine prescribed for adults postoperatively was hydrocodone-acetaminophen (73%), adopted by oxycodone-acetaminophen (39%). The most typical ache medicine prescribed postoperatively for kids was acetaminophen (67%), adopted by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (65%). Total, there was a large variation in amount of opioids prescribed for every surgical procedure, starting from zero to greater than 60 doses. Imply opioid prescriptions had been biggest for tonsillectomy (37 tablets) and least for direct laryngoscopy (5.three tablets). Conclusion This research identifies nationwide variations in opioid prescribing patterns amongst otolaryngologists. Whereas otolaryngology is a comparatively small specialty, we nonetheless have an obligation to work with all physicians to assist fight the present opioid epidemic. By evaluating nationwide postoperative ache regimens, we’re shifting nearer towards understanding the right way to scale back the opioid burden.
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