Pain Medication

Animal therapy reduces pain medication intake, researchers find

Animal therapy reduces pain medication intake, researchers find

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Animal-assisted therapy reduced pain medication needs for patients recovering from total joint replacement surgery, a new study shows.

Pain: An LTC rehab perspective

Pain: An LTC rehab perspective

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LTC therapists seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to patient pain. Pain management is at the forefront of surveyors and scrutinized as a CMS quality measure.

Granny caught in the cross-fire again

Granny caught in the cross-fire again

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Once again the war on drugs catches frail elder patients in the crosshairs. Basically a "drive by" that shouldn't happen.

New DEA nurse prescribing policy still needs work, providers say

Recent Drug Enforcement Agency guidance that allows nurses to to fill certain pain medication prescriptions is a good start, but it doesn't go far enough, provider groups say.

In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies

In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies

The Drug Enforcement Agency has eased off of restrictions that have prevented nurses in long-term care from communicating prescription orders for controlled pain medications to pharmacies.

Consultant pharmacists: Let nurses be doctors' agents for pain medications in nursing homes

Consultant pharmacists: Let nurses be doctors' agents for pain medications in nursing homes

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists has come out strongly in favor of allowing nursing home nurses to act on behalf of physicians when it comes to prescribing pain medications. ASCP officials on Thursday released their recommendations for changes to current Drug Enforcement Agency policy concerning controlled substances in nursing homes.

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