Hospitals go beyond narcotics to better manage patients’ pain - Omaha, Nebraska - CHI Health

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
Mercy Hospital Performing Safer, Gentler Heart Catheterization
Feb 9, 2016

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus
Feb 5, 2016

Dr. Youngblood and Dr. Reisbig discuss the Perioperative Surgical Home on the Morning Blend
Feb 4, 2016

Live to be 120 Years Old? Maybe
Feb 4, 2016

12 Fast Facts About Your Heart
Feb 3, 2016