D-H Study Proves Patients Need Fewer Opioid Pain Killers After Surgery

Surgeons at Dartmouth-Hitchcock successfully reduced prescriptions for opioid painkillers by an average of 53 percent while still providing effective relief of their patient’s pain, according to a new study in The Annals of Surgery. “By defining postoperative opioid requirements through patient surveys and disseminating operation-specific guidelines for opioid prescriptions to surgeons, we were able to…