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Trauma Surg Acute Care Open



Pain management on a trauma service: a crisis reveals opportunities.


Schaffer S, Bayat D, Biffl WL, Smith J, Schaffer KB, Dandan TH, Wang J, Snyder D, Nalick C, Dandan IS, Tominaga GT, Castelo MR
Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2022; 7(1):e000862.
PMID: 35402732.


The opioid crisis has forced an examination of opioid prescribing and usage patterns. Multimodal pain management and limited, procedure-specific prescribing guidelines have been proposed in general surgery but are less well studied in trauma, where multisystem injuries and multispecialty caregivers are the norm. We hypothesized that opioid requirements would differ by primary type of injury and by age, and we sought to identify factors affecting opioid prescribing at discharge (DC).