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ICU Management

Use of Opioids After Intensive Care

2021 01 Feb

A study was conducted to evaluate opioid use in the ICU and identify factors associated with chronic opioid use after critical care. It also aimed to determine if chronic opioid use was associated with an increased risk of death. Over the last few years, opioid misuse has become a major public health issue in many countries. Pharmaceutical companies... Read more

ICU Management

Opioid Prescribing Trends - U.S., Canada and Sweden

2019 06 Sep

A recent study, published in JAMA Network Open, reported that U.S. and Canadian patients were seven times more likely to receive an opioid prescription after surgery compared to patients in Sweden. Overprescription of opioids has become a problem in the U.S. and leaves patients at risk of opioid use disorder. This is also evident internationally as... Read more

Executive Health Management

Collaboration fights opioid epidemic

2018 21 Feb

A collaborative approach involving local public health and public safety agencies may be what is needed to address the problem of opioid overuse in different communities. In Massachusetts, for example, such collaboration or partnership has given rise to four types of outreach and community support programmes aimed at connecting overdose survivors with... Read more

Executive Health Management

Simple, economical toolkit improves healthcare outcomes in South India

2018 21 Feb

Resource limitations should not discourage hospitals in finding ways to improve the quality of healthcare services. There are simple, and inexpensive, interventions that can be implemented to achieve quality improvement goals. For example, a simple quality toolkit (of checklists, education materials and quality and performance reporting) helped improve... Read more

ICU Management

New Dosing Models Increase Safety of Remifentanil

2017 04 Jul

New dosing models have been developed that can provide the scientific basis for more accurate administration of remifentanil, an opioid commonly used during surgery in children and obese patients. The models are described in studies published in Anesthesiology. Currently, the dosing of the drug is based on average-sized adult patients but this can... Read more

ICU Management

Study Shows Minute Ventilation Preferred Over End-Tidal CO(2)

2016 29 Apr

Respiratory Motion, Inc. – Research presented at The Deutsche Anesthesia Congress (DAC) Shows Minute Ventilation Monitoring may be preferable to indirect measurement using EtCO 2 , for non-intubated patients. The study "Evaluation of the Relationship between Non-Invasive Minute Ventilation and End-Tidal CO 2  in Patients Undergoing General vs. Spinal... Read more

ICU Management

Patient Confusion about Opioid Addiction in the ED

2015 14 Apr

Emergency department (ED) patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Patients seen in the ED for acute pain, the researchers note, expressed a desire for better communication from physicians... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Sedation Protocol Does Not Reduce Time of Respiratory Support

2015 21 Jan

The use of a nurse-implemented, goal­-directed sedation protocol compared with usual care did not reduce the duration of mechanical ventilation in children with acute respiratory failure, according to a University of Pennsylvania-led study published in JAMA . Sedation therapy benefits critically ill infants and children; however, it is also associated... Read more

Pharmacy Management

FDA Approves New Opioid Hysingla ER

2014 21 Nov

The FDA has approved a new opioid with properties that make it difficult to abuse. Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) is an extended-release opioid analgesic which is designed to treat severe pain that requires around-the-clock, long-term treatment. Drug overdose is a major problem in the US and deaths from overdosing have been rising consistently over... Read more

ICU Management

Prescription Opioids Involved in Most Overdoses Seen in EDs

2014 30 Oct

Researchers have analysed data on US hospital emergency department visits for opioid overdoses and found that the largest portion of the overdoses (67.8 percent) involved prescription opioids, followed by heroin, other unspecified opioids and multiple opioids. The findings have been published by JAMA Internal Medicine . According to available data,... Read more