Policymaking and government funding have been directed at prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder. Yet, most legislative proposals have failed to address postoperative opioid prescriptions in a meaningful way. There are state laws limiting the number of opioids in an initial prescription and similar laws have been proposed at the federal level, but these policies do not account for individual patient needs.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) are working together to address safe and effective alleviation of postoperative pain and optimal opioid stewardship that we hope will enhance prevention and limit the need for legislation. This collaboration has involved developing strategies through workgroups and coming to consensus around key principles.
In the orthopaedic surgical setting, open, empathic communication between the surgical team, patients, and families helps prepare patients for the pain of recovery from injury or surgery. As part of this collaboration, the organizations have partnered to update and review a pain relief toolkit, which provides clinicians and patients with tools to help patients get as comfortable as possible, as safely as possible.
This will be an interactive session to not only highlight how two medical specialty organizations found consensus on postoperative pain relief and optimal opioid stewardship but will also provide the session attendees with an opportunity to engage and ask questions. Presenters will outline the process, recommendations and broader goals of the collaboration and hear from attendees about challenges and suggestions for further collaboration.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.