Chronic Pain — 28 March 2013

bigstock-Praying-In-Hospital-2139827By Pat Anson, Editor

Patients who had adverse reactions to opioids used to treat their post-surgical pain spent an average of three extra days in the hospital and had thousands of dollars in additional medical expenses, according to a large new study published in Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.

Researchers studied a national database of patients at 380 hospitals in the U.S. who had nearly 320,000 inpatient surgeries and received opioids for their post-surgical pain management. Over 12 percent of the patients had an opioid related adverse event (ORAE), such as respiratory depression, nausea, drowsiness, itching, dry mouth and constipation.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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