Hospital Prescribing Practices: Increased Patient Risk?

A study of opioid prescribing practices in hospitals found that 43% of nonsurgical inpatients received multiple opioid medications during their hospitalization, that almost one in four received a dose that placed them at greater risk for adverse events, and that the same proportion were discharged with prescriptions for more opioids. The findings, published online November 13 in The Journal of Hospital Medicine, suggest the need for more coordinated communications between inpatient and outpatient providers to mitigate the risk of inadvertent overdose. Read a news report here.

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