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Appropriate Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain after Surgery, Dr. Richard Barth Jr.
February 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
During this webinar, Dr. Barth, Chief of General Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will discuss 3 recent papers that evaluated opioid prescribing after outpatient and inpatient general surgical operations. Briefly, the papers reported on:
· the evaluation of variation in opioid prescribing, how much of prescribed opioids were used (over prescription), and proposed prescribing guidelines;
· the results of educating surgeons about the findings from the first paper and the observed decrease in opioid prescribing; and
· the evaluation of opioid prescribing and use after inpatient operations; which showed that home use was best predicted by the number of pills taken the day prior to discharge.