ASA: Opioid-Free Anesthesia Feasible for Surgical Procedures

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
ASA: Opioid-Free Anesthesia Feasible for Surgical Procedures
ASA: Opioid-Free Anesthesia Feasible for Surgical Procedures

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid-free anesthesia is feasible and well-tolerated, and only 36 percent of patients requested oral opioids in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, being held Oct. 21 to 25 in Boston.

Enrico M. Camporesi, M.D., from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and colleagues conducted a retrospective review of surgical cases of 1,009 patients with a single anesthesiologist at an outpatient surgery center to describe the provision of anesthesia services without opioids. The opioid-free intraoperative anesthesia protocol included acetaminophen, magnesium, ketamine and lidocaine, and ketorolac (for adult patients if the surgeon allowed it). All patients also received Decadron, Zofran, and supplemental sevoflurane. Middle-ear surgery patients received gabapentin.

The researchers found that patients and surgeons reported satisfaction with the protocol for anesthesia, and postoperative pain management was well-tolerated. In the PACU, only 36 percent of patients requested oral opioid medications, with notably more pain medications for certain procedures, such as complex facial plastics and nasal/sinus surgeries with longer case lengths. More nausea medication was also required by patients in these two groups.

"In conclusion, safe anesthesia for multiple procedures varying in duration from an hour to several hours while using minimal opioids is possible," the authors write.

Abstract
More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in the United States

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in ...

Agency says effective HIV prevention, treatment not reaching those who could most benefit

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in Children

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in ...

All children with sustained unresponsiveness ingested concentrated and baked egg

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut ...

ASD risk down for children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during first month of pregnancy

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »