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Published: November 13, 2017

  • Aromatherapy reduces pre-op anxiety The sweet smell of lavender calms the nerves of patients about to undergo outpatient head and neck procedures, according to new research published in the journal Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. The study, which included 100 patients who received lavender aromatherapy in the pre-op area of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, shows the alternative medicine treatment might be a simple, low-risk and cost-effective way to relax patients.
  • Standardized protocols reduce pain and ER visits Standardizing certain best-practice protocols for outpatient surgery patients can significantly reduce post-op pain and emergency room visits, a new study finds. Among 8 perioperative elements adopted for more than 2,000 patients having inguinal hernia repairs, patient education and preferential use of monitored anesthesia care (MAC) had the most significant positive impact. Other protocols included multimodal non-opioid analgesia, regional anesthesia, providing prescriptions before surgery, pre-op carbohydrate drinks, limiting intraoperative IV fluids to less than 500 mL and follow-up phone calls within 72 hours.
  • Opioids and non-opioid analgesics work the same for arm and leg painIn good news for the fight against the opioid epidemic, a recent JAMA study found that using an ibuprofen-acetaminophen treatment worked the same for pain relief as an opioid-acetaminophen treatment 2 hours after an arm or leg sprain, strain or fracture. Only 1 in 5 patients in the study required additional medication to control the pain.
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