Patient factors associated with a lower use of opioids include older age, no history of anxiety, and lower pain scores at discharge. Researchers say one-size-fits-all opioid prescribing may not be in patients' best interest.
The patient’s breaths had become labored. He struggled to pull air from his mouth to his lungs. It got so bad late one Saturday night that he decided to say something about it the next time his nurse made rounds at Jackson South Community Hospital.