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Webinar: Pain Management for Children with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opiod Epidemic with Stefan Friedrichdorf
September 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WEBINAR: Pain Management for Children with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic
We live in one world, which is divided by two opioid crises: Much of the world suffers not from abuse of opioids, but absence of them. Withholding evidence-based analgesia to children with serious illness is not only unethical, but causes immediate and long-term harm. Opioids are associated with many side effects and are potentially lethal – but, no other analgesics equal in potency and effect have been discovered or developed to reduce pain and suffering. (Krane EJ, Weisman SJ, Walco GA. The National Opioid Epidemic and the Risk of Outpatient Opioids in Children. Pediatrics. 2018;142(2) https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/2/e20181623) The potential risks in the safety of analgesics is real, but very manageable and cannot justify denying administration of opioids to patients with severe tissue injury and/or serious illness.
- Explore multi-modal analgesia for children with serious illness
- Describe how multiple agents, interventions, rehabilitation, psychological and integrative therapies act synergistic for more effective pediatric pain control with fewer side effects than single analgesic or modality
- Evaluate assumptions about opioid use in children during the current “opioid epidemic”