Opioid-minimizing, multimodal pain regimen decreased opioid exposure at UTHealth

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston implemented an opioid-minimizing, multimodal pain regimen to maximize pain relief and decrease patient exposure to opioids.

“We began using less intravenous opioids and began relying on oral non-opioid medications with as-needed oral opioids,” John A. Harvin, MD, associate professor of surgery, division of acute care surgery, department of surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “Physicians, by nature, want to relieve pain and suffering. That is our calling. We used to believe that opioids were the best medication to do so. So, implementing this regimen was controversial at first. Over time, we all realized that this regimen provided adequate pain relief and was more responsible in that we began to decrease our patient’s opioid exposure during their hospitalization.”

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