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  • A Societies for Pediatric Urology survey of opioid prescribing practices after ambulatory pediatric urology procedures. [Journal Article]
  • JPJ Pediatr Urol 2019 May 02
  • Ahn JJ, Ellison JS, Merguerian PA
  • CONCLUSIONS: There is significant variability in reported opioid prescribing practices after ambulatory procedures amongst pediatric urologists. Only 16% of respondents believe that patients take the majority of opioids prescribed, and only 14% reported never prescribing opioids for these procedures. There is an opportunity for guidelines and standardization of care for postoperative analgesia in this patient population. Given that overprescribing can lead to abuse and misuse, further work needs to be done to establish postoperative analgesia needs and to educate providers and families on proper prescribing and disposal.Pediatric urologists report prescribing opioids frequently after routine ambulatory procedures in infants, children, and adolescents despite believing that patients do not take the majority of the prescribed medication.
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