Personalized protocol after cesarean delivery reduces outpatient opioid prescriptions

After cesarean delivery, utilizing a personalized protocol for opioid prescriptions reduced the number of opioids prescribed at discharge without affecting hospital readmissions or the need for rescue prescriptions, researchers reported.
“Studies have shown that regardless of objective and subjective measures of pain prior to discharge, patients received similar amount of prescription morphine equivalents following cesarean deliveries,” Chinonye S. Imo, MD, resident physician in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Health, Dallas, and colleagues wrote. “Additionally,

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