LVAD recipients were much less likely to need an opioid prescription at discharge and much more likely to be free of chronic opioids 18 months later after Cleveland Clinic launched an opioid-sparing regimen.
A new episode of our “Neuro Pathways” podcast taps the expertise of a psychiatrist at the center of Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, from mitigating misuse among surgery patients to keeping abreast of new state regulations.
New protocol is striking because it shows that an opioid-sparing approach can work for patients who’ve undergone a major open-heart procedure.
From carrying naloxone to paying attention to their biases, there are plenty of ways physicians from any discipline can help turn the opioid crisis into an opportunity to foster improved public health.
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On the cancer ward, patients’ addiction fears and their need for pain relief inevitably intersect. Oncologist Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, shares one experience.
The opioid crisis is too challenging for any health system to take on alone. Here’s why we helped form the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium and how we’re finding strength in numbers.
New state restrictions on opioid prescriptions for acute pain changed prescribing behavior after spine surgery, and patients were no worse for it. So finds a new Cleveland Clinic study.
From a back pain program focused on functional outcomes to diverse behavioral interventions for addiction to a chronic pain rehab program, interdisciplinary strategies are key.
Addressing the challenge of opioid tolerance and overdose, Cleveland Clinic research finds new treatment option may improve opioid therapy.
Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Toby Cosgrove, MD, argues that since physicians helped bring about the opioid epidemic, it’s our job to help end it.