Perioperative opioid sparing techniques in pediatric tonsillectomy
Andrew Bourg, BSN, Samford University Nurse Anesthesia Student; Lisa Herbinger, DNP, CRNA, Samford University faculty member
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Pediatric tonsillectomy is 1 of the most performed surgeries and is not without risks. Tonsillectomy patients often have co-morbidities, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), sleep-disordered breathing, or recurrent upper respiratory infections. Surgery performed in the oropharynx, along with co-morbidities, introduces a higher risk of inflammation and airway obstruction postoperatively. Anesthetists have a role in providing adequate analgesia perioperatively while reducing the risk of complications. Opioids have been the treatment of choice for decades, yet researchers have identified links between opioids and postoperative respiratory complications as well as future addiction potential. Considering the high risk for postoperative complications in tonsillectomy and the utilization of opioids for analgesia, we sought to identify perioperative analgesic adjuncts with an effort to reduce opioid use and improve postoperative outcomes.
|DNP Capstone Project
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