Post Operative and Recovery
Comparison of opioid-sparing approach with standard care shows no difference in patient satisfaction, but less pain among those counseled to use opioids only as backup.
Improved outcomes in some patients could be due to a more complete reversal of the effects of muscle relaxants used during surgery.
Diagnoses of mental health and substance use disorders associated with three times higher odds of overdose.
Patients used fewer opioid tablets when surgeons cut back prescriptions, but there is more work to be done on safe medication disposal.