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Acute Pain Alternatives: The Impact of Avoiding Opioids on Hospital Delirium

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Join us for this special presentation about real-world methods for preventing hospital delirium!
Delirium affects as many as 50% of hospitalized patients over the age of 65. Furthermore, delirium accounts for increased length of stay, hospital readmissions, emergency department visits, and institutionalization of older adults. Delirium is often precipitated by the use of opioids for pain management. This presentation will feature a discussion on alternatives to acute pain management along with a hospital project example that will inspire you take on delirium prevention at your facility.

  • Name the symptoms, causes, and serious consequences of delirium.
  • Learn about the relationship between prescribing opioids and the development of delirium, particularly in older adults.
  • Explore alternatives to prescribing opioids for acute pain in the hospital setting.
  • Learn from a real-world hospital project that prevented delirium in their hip fracture patients using nerve blocks instead of opioids.

Who Should Attend: Nurses, Physicians, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Unit Managers, and Quality Improvement Leaders

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