Hospitals go beyond narcotics to better manage patients’ pain - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) and Southwest Iowa (IA)

Hospitals go beyond narcotics to better manage patients’ pain

Article Date: Feb 6, 2014

Managing pain for surgical patients isn’t only about helping people feel better. It’s also about helping them get better, faster. 

To recover quickly, most patients need to get moving as soon as possible after surgery. But relying solely on narcotics such as morphine, which dulls the pain, also can dull the patients, slowing their breathing and making them groggy or nauseated — generally not feeling much like moving. 

Hospitals, with a push from the federal government, increasingly are paying more attention to how well they manage patients’ pain. 

Read the rest of the story with comments from Myles Gart, M.D., at Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Medical Center, H. Randal Woodward, M.D., with Nebraska Spine Hospital and Dr. Woodward’s patient, Barbara Barrett.


Reader Comments
There are currently no comments.
Post a Comment
Comment Policy
Name *
Email Address *
Spam Check * I am:
An Individual
A Business
CHI Health Employee
A Spambot
3 + 1 =
Message *
This is a moderated comment section.
Your post will be displayed upon approval.
Recent Articles
CHI Health Moves Away from Fee-for-Service Payment Method
Jul 29, 2016

More and More, Schools Use Simulators to Teach Students
Jul 29, 2016

Cancer Patients, Families, Survivors Paint
Jul 29, 2016

7-Year-Old Twins Raise $600 for Relay For Life
Jul 29, 2016

New Academic Medical Center is Taking Shape
Jul 28, 2016