Balancing Pain Management with Technology, Safely and Effectively Last Updated: May 24, 2017
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Healthcare Purchasing News: Gina Pugliese: Research conducted by Premier Inc. found that at nearly 300 U.S. hospitals, opioids were being used in more than half of hospital admissions of non-surgical patients. Among pediatric inpatients, two specific opioids (fentanyl and morphine) were found to be among the top 10 most administered medications. In addition, research also found that patients who experienced an opioid-related adverse event had greater costs, long length of stay, and more readmissions. The government, clinicians, healthcare organizations and professional societies are working to curb opioid misuse, but there is still much work to be done.

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