August 15, 2018

Johns Hopkins panel develops opioid prescribing guidelines for 20 surgical procedures

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Led by Martin A. Makary, MD, MPH, a Johns Hopkins panel of experts developed the nation’s first set of opioid prescribing guidelines for 20 common surgical procedures in 8 surgical specialties.

The guidelines are based on the premise that opioid prescribing should be based on the surgical procedure rather than a blanket approach.

The minimum number of opioid tablets recommended was zero. The maximum number of tablets varied by procedure:

  • zero for 3 procedures
  • 1 to 15 for 11 procedures
  • 16 to 20 for 6 procedures.

Procedure specific opioid prescribing recommendations may help provide guidance for clinicians who are currently overprescribing, the authors say.

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