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Opioid Administration After Pelvic Surgery

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg; ePub 2018 Feb 27; Willis-Gray, et al

Age <65 years is a predictor of high postanesthesia care unit (PACU) pain score and resultant PACU opioid dispensation in women undergoing urogynecologic surgery, a recent study found. The retrospective study compared 2 cohorts: 1) women aged ≥65 years and 2) women aged >65 years. The primary outcome was any opioid medication administered during the PACU admission. Researchers found:

  • 183 women were included in the study; 124 (68%) were aged <65 years, and 59 (32%) were aged ≥65 years.
  • Women aged <65 years were more likely to be given any opioids in PACU than women aged 65 years.
  • Women aged <65 years were also given higher total amounts of opioid narcotics postoperatively.

Citation:

Willis-Gray MG, Husk KE, Brueseke TJ, Wu JM, Dieter AA. Predictors of opioid administration in the acute postoperative period. [Published online ahead of print February 27, 2018]. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. doi:10.1097/SPV.0000000000000567.

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