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The journal Anesthesia & Analgesia has published a practice advisory developed with nearly all the United States pain societies. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine along with 10 other organizations warn against using gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), used off-label...

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A study published in The Journal of Pain offers hope to those in pain. Researchers examined virtual reality and how it might improve conditioned pain modulation. For those with nerve injuries and other types of pain, VR can improve a dysfunctional pain suppression system. By stimulating the natural...

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As reported in the Academic Emergency Medicine journal, researchers studied emergency department patients with acute, moderate to severe pain. The 98 patients were aged 18 to 59 and administered IV ketamine. For short-term treatment of acute pain in an emergency department, no difference was seen in...

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An article in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons validated guidelines for patient-centered prescriptions to increase disposal of leftover opioids, per FDA-compliance, which are currently 20% to 30%. Patients were given prescriptions for pain killers based on what they were taking before...

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At the American Society of Anesthesiologists pain summit, over a dozen societies discussed principles for acute pain resources for surgeries. ASA President Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA, commented, “we learned from each other what progress has been made toward each principle, what challenges or...

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A research letter published in JAMA Surgery compares postsurgery pain relief and patient satisfaction via patient-reported outcomes after common operations. What’s the right balance between excessive prescribing of opioids and inferior pain control? Over 600 patients were surveyed 1 to 3 months...

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An article in January’s Journal of Pain discussed ibuprofen, a highly used analgesic. Due to its slow absorption, however, just how well does it work on acute moderate to severe pain? Researchers presented findings on the relatively new L-arginine salt-containing ibuprofen to determine its efficacy...

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A systematic review published in BMJ Open looked at the use of analgesic doses of ketamine to assess its efficacy and safety compared with other analgesic drugs (or no drug) in adult prehospital patients with acute pain. Culling information from clinical trials, the researchers included 8 studies...

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In an online edition of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, the Perioperative Pain and Addiction Interdisciplinary Networkor PAINoutlined recommendations for patients who use cannabis. The regulation and use of marijuana products is constantly evolving. Cannabis use can alter perioperative...

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The journal Children discussed a study of low English proficiency (LEP) and pain management for pediatric patients who had appendectomies at a hospital in San Francisco. Although LEP and English proficient (EP) groups received the same amount of opioid medication intraoperatively, the LEP patients:

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