Opioid Free Anesthesia Techniques

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Class A Credits: 1

Pharmacology Credits: 0.75

Format: Video

Run time: 58 mins

Course Launch Date: 11/1/19

Course Expires: 2/25/22

As a result of the opioid epidemic there is an increased interest among CRNAs to decrease or eliminate the use of opioids intraoperatively. The barrier to implementing an opioid free anesthesia technique is most commonly due to the unfamiliarity of medications used. This lecture will review why and how to prevent peripheral and central sensitization; discuss mechanism of action and dosing of intravenous and oral medications used in opioid free anesthesia; and review case examples of how patients benefit from opioid free anesthesia.


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A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • Review pain physiology.
  • Review fundamentals of opioid free anesthesia.
  • Understand how and when to use interfascial plane blocks.
  • Understand how to select the correct medications for an opioid free anesthetic.
  • Identify and formulate an opioid free anesthesia cocktail for infusion from multiple classes of medications.

Jason Daniel McLott, MSN, CRNA

CRNA, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Jason McLott is a graduate of the Oakland University-Beaumont Hospital Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia. Jason currently practices in rural Appalachia in North Carolina in a CRNA only practice. Jason was selected as the Somania 2019 CRNA of the year. Jason has been exclusively practicing Opioid Free Anesthesia for over 2 years. After seeing how well his patients did after OFA, his colleagues decided to adopt OFA techniques also. Currently all surgeries done at his facility are done with OFA. Jason has lectured on OFA at hospital, state, and national organization meetings. He is proud to mention that he successfully helped wean his father off a 20+ year chronic pain opioid regimen, and his mother had a successful mastectomy opioid free with no requirements for opioids postoperatively.


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