CRNAs, Genes, and the Opioid Epidemic: Patient Factors Related to Opioid Consumption after Surgical Procedures

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Class A Credits: 1

Format: Video

Run time: 49 mins

Course Launch Date: 11/1/19

Course Expires: 2/25/22

Postoperative pain management uses a one-size-fits-all approach that increases the risk of adverse events such as post-surgical persistent pain syndrome or opioid misuse. Increased knowledge of known and potential patient factors that influence postoperative pain and opioid consumption will help providers, including CRNAs, tailor evidence-based postoperative analgesia to safely meet patient needs.


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  • Describe the adverse events associated with under-prescribing and overprescribing of opioids after surgical procedures.
  • List factors associated with increased opioid consumption after surgical procedures.
  • Discuss 3 common genes involved in pain processing and opioid response that may account for variation in opioid consumption postoperatively.

Lori Schirle, PhD, CRNA

Assistant Professor, Research at Vanderbilt University

Lori Schirle is an Assistant Professor-Research at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her research interests include genetics related to postoperative opioid consumption, advanced practice nurse workforce and work environment, and health policy. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a study investigating the relationship between pain sensitivity and genetic influences on postoperative opioid consumption in C-section patients.


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