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The Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act was recently introduced into the House of Representatives, after working its way through the senate. Its goal? To make it easier to access non-opioid pain management treatments. The Act hopes to “address payment disincentives for...

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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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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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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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Recently the US Department of Veterans Affairs issued its Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care, replacing physician anesthesiologists with nurses when surgery is performed. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) feels this lowers standards and could potentially risk...

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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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Newswise — ...UT Southwestern scientists have shown exactly how anesthetics attach to the GABAA receptor and alter its three-dimensional structure, and how the brain can tell the difference between anesthetics and the psychoactive drugs known as benzodiazepines – which also bind to the GABAA recepto...

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Every year in the United States, 250,000 adults and children go through having an appendectomy. Unfortunately, complication rates from the surgery are as high as 15%. Is nonoperative management an option? Yes, according to the literature, which reports a success rate as high as 75% at 1 year. A JAMA...

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Newswise — The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges Americans to protect our nation’s Veterans by asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its memorandum that dismantles the successful anesthesia care team, removes physician anesthesiologists from surgery and...

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