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Why we made these guidelines

One in 16 surgical patients prescribed opioids become long-term users. Furthermore, 70-80% of opioids prescribed after surgery are not used and 45% of patients are over-prescribed opioids at the time of hospital discharge compared to their inpatient opioid use. Despite the new knowledge about over-prescribing after surgery, we identified a lack of procedure-specific guidelines about what providers should be prescribing. Our goal in this project was to create best practices for outpatient opioid prescribing at the time of discharge following common medical and dental procedures by creating multidisciplinary expert panels across different fields to establish consensus on ideal opioid prescribing.


December 2017

Surgical Guidelines

Opioid prescribing guidelines for common surgical procedures in general surgery, orthopedics, ob/gyn, urology, otolaryngology, thoracic surgery, and cardiac surgery


August 2018

Dental Guidelines

Opioid prescribing guidelines for common dental procedures in oral surgery, periodontics, and endodontics


In process...

Dermatology guidelines

We are currently constructing guidelines for common outpatient dermatological procedures. We anticipate having these guidelines posted by late Spring of 2019 

In process
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