Demystifying Buprenorphine with Current Evidence - Based Practice in Acute and Chronic Pain Management

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Class A Credits: 0.5

Pharmacology Credits: 0.5

Format: Video

Run time: 31 mins

Course Launch Date: 11/1/19

Course Expires: 2/25/22

Buprenorphine has been widely used in opioid maintenance therapy in the last decade. However, buprenorphine has a multi - mechanistic pharmacological profile and its unique analgesic efficacy in acute and chronic pain management may not be fully known to many anesthesia providers. Recent studies have supported the use of buprenorphine as an effective analgesic in adult and pediatric population. Several clinical studies and trials have suggested the use of buprenorphine as an attractive opioid for patients in the perioperative setting.


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  • Verbalize buprenorphine's receptor pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and analgesic efficacy compared to other opioids.
  • Familiarize the current recommendations on surgical patients who are on buprenorphine.
  • Familiarize the current evidence-based practice with the use of buprenorphine in pain management.

Sarah Zhang, CRNA, PhD

Assistant Professor Samuel Merritt University

Sarah Jingying Zhang is a senior nurse anesthetist working in the department of anesthesiology at UCSF. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Samuel Merritt University. Prior to becoming a CRNA, she completed her Master and PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. She continued her research training as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and followed by UCSF/VA hospital. She has multiple publications in top peer reviewed journals and presented her research at several national biomedical science conferences. She also serves as a reviewer of American Association of Nurse Anesthetist. Currently she is working on two prospective clinical trials at UCSF.


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