Therapeutic opioid use for chronic pain is a particularly challenging issue for both physicians and patients.
One timely topic that is both difficult to comprehend and discuss is drug diversion in long-term care. Long-term care leaders must have a solid system in place with policies and procedures, education, oversight and monitoring on an ongoing basis, as shift-to-shift counting alone will not suffice in identification of diversion.
An Ohio county is evaluating whether 20 beds at its nursing home could be dedicated for heroin addicts during their withdrawal, according to local reports.
The first day of summer is not quite upon us, but it seems the season's blockbuster movie and hit song may already have been decided. And when it comes to long-term news, I'm ready to declare that medication is the hot topic of summer 2013.
A specific medication may restore bowel function more quickly than conventional treatment in critical care patients, researchers have found.