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APS 2015

APS 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at APS 2015, the American Pain Society’s annual scientific meeting, from May 13 to 16 in Palm Springs, CA. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

Managing Migraine in the ED

Managing Migraine in the ED | Feature

Research has shown that management of migraine in the ED setting is suboptimal. Imaging practices and treatments vary widely, but coordinated efforts may help optimize outcomes for these patients.

Post-Op Pain in Pediatric Urology

Post-Op Pain in Pediatric Urology | Opinion Article

Management of pain is a critical aspect of postoperative care in pediatric urology. Currently, clinicians who aim to control postoperative pain in children use a combination of both opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs. Regional anesthesia with a caudal block is another effective pain management technique that is used in pediatric urology, but these blocks only last 6 to 8 hours unless an indwelling caudal catheter is used.…

Guidelines for Methadone Safety

Guidelines for Methadone Safety | Feature

The American Pain Society has released guidelines on methadone safety, providing recommendations developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel. Clinical skills and knowledge on the safe use of methadone are imperative to mitigating potential risks.

AAPM 2015

AAPM 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at AAPM 2015, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, from March 19 to 22 in National Harbor, MD. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Patients

Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Patients | Feature

Patients with advanced cancer who experience opioid-induced constipation (OIC) often experience psychological distress and negative cognitions. Understanding the nature of this burden may improve how clinicians recognize and assess the problem and promote more intensive management strategies that address the distress OIC often produces.

“Doctor Shopping” After Orthopedic Trauma

“Doctor Shopping” After Orthopedic Trauma | Feature

Postoperative “doctor shopping” for narcotic providers appears to be common among orthopedic trauma patients. Surgeons are recommended to prescribe these potent drugs with great care and vigilance to minimize risks for abuse, dependence, and other adverse events.

Refining Neurosurgery Practices

Refining Neurosurgery Practices | Opinion Article

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons recently joined the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign with their own list of five practices to avoid in neurosurgery. “The purpose,” says Daniel K. Resnick, MD, “is to alert patients and physicians to common practices that may not be necessary or efficacious.”

The Recommendations

1) Do not administer steroids after severe traumatic brain injuries.…

New Options for Treating Opioid Addiction

New Options for Treating Opioid Addiction | Opinion Article

The quest for improved outcomes in the treatment of opioid addiction is accelerating on several fronts. Buprenorphine is widely used for the treatment of opioid dependence. Studies have shown that it’s an effective means to reduce opioid cravings and help prevent withdrawal symptoms.…

Taking a Proactive Approach to Diabetic Neuropathy

Taking a Proactive Approach to Diabetic Neuropathy | Feature

Diabetic neuropathy is common among patients with diabetes, but making efforts to screen for the condition and providing patient education on what can be done to prevent it have the potential to improve quality of life and outcomes.

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