Thousands of cardiac surgery patients develop prolonged opioid use

Opioid prescriptions are common at hospital discharge after cardiac surgery but many patients are receiving higher than recommended doses. As well, one in seven patients continue to receive opioids 3–12 months after surgery. An Australian study of 2,205 patients undergoing cardiac surgery at the Austin Hospital between 2012 and 2019 found three-quarters (76.4%) were prescribed ...

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