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Selected Research Findings

From the Journal of American College of Surgeons

 

Patient Education Brochure Provides Low-Cost Solution to Avoid Diversion of Unused Opioids after Surgery
Press Release (January 11, 2018)

Surgical patients are twice as likely to throw out leftover pain medication when informed of appropriate methods for disposal, according to Journal of American College of Surgeons study findings.

Citation: Empowering Post-Surgical Patients to Improve Opioid Disposal: A Before and After Quality Improvement Study. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

 

 

Postsurgery Prescribing Guideline Could Reduce Opioid Prescriptions by as Much as 40 Percent
Press Release (November 30, 2017)

Opioid use the last day in the hospital should determine how many opioid pills surgical patients take once they go home, according to new Journal of American College of Surgeons study.

Citation: Guideline for Discharge Opioid Prescriptions after Inpatient General Surgical Procedures. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

From the ACS Clinical Congress 2017

Bariatric Surgical Patients at Risk for Newly Persistent Opioid Use
Press Release (October 23, 2017)

A much higher rate of prolonged postoperative opioid use is identified in bariatric surgical patients compared with general surgical patients.

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