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2022 Apr 14

Am Surg

Improving Opioid Prescribing Post-Discharge for Trauma Patients With Rib Fractures: Factors in Prevention of Prolonged Use and Dependency.


King SA, Harper C, Smith LM, Crismon D, Heidel RE, Hall G, Beam Z, Daley BJ
Am Surg. 2022 Apr 14:31348221082275.
PMID: 35420900.


Rib fracture (RF) pain management provides analgesia while reducing opioids. We postulated: (1) Prescriber factors affect opiate duration, and (2) lidocaine infusion curtails dependency.