CME: Balancing Comfort and Safety in Post-Op Pain Management

Activity Title: Balancing Comfort and Safety in Post-Op Pain Management
QUICKtipSC: Calculate tablet count needed for a patient’s opioid discharge prescription based on use the last 24 hours before discharge; no discharge opioid prescription is needed if no opioids were required.

Publication Date: October 31, 2022
Release Date: December 15, 2022
Expiration Date: December 15, 2025

Writing Group:
Writing Group (and Disclosures for Pharmaceutical Relationships): Sarah Ball, PharmD (none), Kelly Barth, DO (none), William Basco, MD (none), Robert Cina, MD (none), Sandra Counts, PharmD (none), Mulugeta Gebregziabher, PhD (none), Nancy Hahn, PharmD (none), Lauren Linder, PharmD (none), Mark Lockett, MD (none), Patrick Mauldin, PhD (none), Jenna McCauley, PhD (none), Joseph McElwee, MD (none), William Moran, MD (none), Charles Reitman, MD (none), Megan Pruitt, PharmD (none), Sophie Robert, PharmD (none), Dave Taber, PharmD (Veloxis, Merck, Care Dx [not related to content]), Ralph Ward, PhD (none), Chris Wisniewski, PharmD (none).

As a result of participating in this online enduring activity, I am better able to:

  1. Set appropriate expectations for post op pain and create a pain management plan with patients prior to surgery date to encourage conservative use of opioids and enhance patient satisfaction.
  2. Screen patients to help identify those with or at risk for opioid use disorder, depression, and anxiety to help guide pre and post op strategies, including multi-modal pain management.
  3. Use multi-modal pain management, including non-drug strategies to minimize opioid use and help patients reach treatment goals with fewer medications.
  4. Coordinate a post-op pain management plan with your patient and their primary care provider to continue patient progress and safeguard against persistent opioid use.

Credit Designation:
The Medical University of South Carolina designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical University of South Carolina and tipSC. The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure Statement:
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education anyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any financial relationships with any ineligible companies. An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. This information is listed below. Any financial relationships with these ineligible companies have been mitigated by the MUSC Office of CME. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation. The faculty, staff, moderators, and planning committee for this activity have no financial relationships with any ineligible companies.

How to Earn CME Credit:
Step 1: Access this issue and supporting materials below:

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