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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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A team of multidisciplinary healthcare experts and opioid stewardship leaders have provided new opioid guidelines for children and adolescents postsurgery. Their recommendations are published in JAMA Surgery. Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, MSHS, a pediatric surgeon, and a diverse team of healthcare...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey of chronic pain and high impact chronic pain—defined as frequently limiting work/life activities—among adult Americans in 2019. Survey findings include:

  • 20.4% of adults report...

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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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In the Lancet, Child & Adolescent Health journal, the results of a Canada study of students and pain is discussed. An 11-week cognitive behavioral self-management program, called Chronic Pain 35, addressed therapy for chronic pain and shares the understanding of pain. Unfortunately, students in pain...

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Many people feel unsafe due to COVID and don’t want to be exposed by going to the doctor. Telemedicine, which was rising in popularity even pre-COVID, is filling a need, saving patients time and money by enabling them to see practitioners from home. In a study presented at the Anesthesiology annual...

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  • Patients with chronic pain spend a lot of time on social media looking for answers, looking for help. I personally receive hundreds, if not thousands, of emails a year from patients crying out for help.
  • They’re not even asking for opioids: they say “I just need help. As soon as a provider finds...

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An Annals of Internal Medicine online article seeks “To characterize the quality of safety and efficacy data in new drug applications (NDAs) for opioid analgesics approved by the FDA between 1997 and 2018.” Researchers state that “Approvals of prescription opioids by the U.S. Food and Drug...

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Why do doctors get into legal trouble? The 4D model: dated, duped, dishonest, disabled (from decision making). You see this happen in the courtroom. Experts will point that out that a doctor

  • Didn’t stay current on licensing board guidelines
  • Was fooled and didn’t have the appropriate measures...

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