August 15, 2012
A new study hopes to prove the efficacy of narcotics in safely managing post-surgical pain in children. The study is being conducted by a collaborative team of researchers from CHOC Children’s, Allied Anesthesia and Purdue Pharmaceuticals.
Only a handful of studies exist in controlling pediatric pain with narcotics. Prescribing narcotics is a controversial issue as many physicians and parents worry that a child will become addicted or overdose. As a result of these fears, children are often left with no way to manage post-operative pain effectively.
According to Paul Yost, M.D., an anesthesiologist with Allied Anesthesia and the co-director of pain management at CHOC, “It’s highly unlikely that a child will become addicted or overdose if drugs are administered properly and are only taken for a short period of time.”
He adds, “Every child is different; their pain is different. That’s why we take a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. We work with CHOC staff from multiple specialties to assess the patient’s emotional and physical health, and his or her cognitive development. Only after we’ve completed this assessment can we begin to treat the pain effectively.
About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
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