Healthcare News & Insights

Opioids are a public health crisis: What your hospital can do

The opioid crisis is one of the main public health crises in the U.S., and hospitals are being impacted in many ways. From new restrictions on opiate prescribing to increases in opioid dependence for surgical patients, healthcare organizations must adapt to the challenges created by the opioid epidemic. 

More hospitals using ‘laughing gas’ to relieve labor pain

Hospitals are exploring alternative ways to relieve patients’ pain for many common procedures. It’s become common to give mothers who are in labor epidurals, but now some facilities have taken a different tactic and are giving expectant mothers nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” for their pain during delivery. 

Changes proposed to hospital pain management

To curb the growing trend of prescription drug abuse in the U.S., hospitals are being challenged to change the way they assess and treat patients’ pain. Some groups are even pressuring the feds to revamp how they present pain management to hospitals. 

Stopping opioid abuse: Hospital uses alternatives to manage pain in ED

Opioid abuse is a serious problem in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is calling on hospitals and other healthcare providers to play a bigger role in reducing opioid addiction. 

68 deaths later, doc on trial for writing bad prescriptions

Most doctors would re-examine their protocols for writing prescriptions after a few dozen patients overdosed. Not Dr. Stephen Schneider.