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2020 Jul-Aug

Pediatr Qual Saf



Reducing Opioid Exposure in a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Stetson RC, Smith BN, Sanders NL, Misgen MA, Ferrie LRJ, Schuning VS, Schuh AR, Fang JL, Brumbaugh JE
Pediatr Qual Saf. 2020 Jul-Aug; 5(4):e312.
PMID: 32766487.


Infants in neonatal intensive care units require painful and noxious stimuli as part of their care. Judicious use of analgesic medications, including opioids, is necessary. However, these medications have long- and short-term side effects, including potential neurotoxicity. This quality improvement project's primary aim was to decrease opioid exposure by 33% in the first 14 days of life for infants less than 1,250 g at birth within 12 months.