The Opioid Crisis Gripping America: Pain, Euphoria, and the Creation of a New Surgical Complication. Are Your Patients Safe? (1 Class A CE with 1 Pharm)

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Class A Credits: 1.00

Pharmacology Credits: 1.00

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 10/29/20

Course Expires: 10/30/23

Evidence shows that 4-10% of opioid naïve patients will continue to use opioids more than 90 days after their surgical procedure, making prolonged postoperative opioid use a common complication of surgery. Provider and institutional strategies can be implemented to decrease this rate while maintaining high levels of patient satisfaction.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.


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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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  • Describe nationally recommended perioperative pain management strategies and research gaps in practice guidelines.
  • Describe the levels of evidence for pain management planning strategies recommended for postoperative pain control to decrease prolonged postoperative opioid use.
  • Identify evidence based perioperative pain management strategies in their clinical practices to decrease prolonged postoperative opioid.

Jennifer Lanzillotta-Rangeley, PhD, CRNA

Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

I have been a CRNA for 12 years. I currently practice in a CRNA only group at a Critical Access Hospital in Ohio. I completed my PhD at Duquesne University in August of 2018 with a focus on prolonged postoperative opioid use in opioid naïve patients.  Some of my awards include: 2018 OSANA Educator of the Year, 2018 U.C. Nurse Anesthesia Program Didactic Educator of the Year, and the 2019 Duquesne University School of Nursing Distinguished Dissertation Award. I am the project director for over $1 million in federal grants specific to the opioid crisis. 


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