• Intraoperative electro-auricular acupuncture may reduce pain after TKA

    1 day ago - By Healio

    Use of electro-auricular acupuncture intraoperatively may reduce postoperative pain among patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, according to results presented at the Anesthesiology Annual Meeting.
    Stephanie Cheng, MD, DABMA, and colleagues provided 41 patients undergoing primary TKA with an intraoperative, standardized opioid-sparing multimodal protocol and electro-auricular acupuncture.
    “We were looking at the number of patients that were able to maintain a low-dose opioid regimen, which we defined as 112.5 oral morphine equivalents,” Cheng, lead author of the study and
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  • Pharmacist-led intervention may improve patient inhaler techniques

    Pharmacist-led intervention may improve patient inhaler techniques

    1 day ago - By Healio

    A pharmacist-led intervention may aid in improving inhaler techniques for patients with asthma and COPD and may have a positive impact on health care resource use, according to results of a pilot study published in Respiratory Medicine.
    “In recent years, community pharmacists have shifted their role in the health care system from traditional medication dispensers to health care providers,” António Teixeira Rodrigues, PharmD, PhD, researcher at the Center for Health Evaluation and Research in Lisbon, Portugal, and colleagues wrote. “Pharmacists can have a valuable role in
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