Opioids after delivery: Addressing postpartum pain relief without feeding addiction

Amidst the national opioid epidemic, OBHG hospitalists are taking measures to ensure they are not feeding addiction among postpartum patients. Dr. Stephen T. Bashuk, OBHG Medical Director of Operations, suggests three approaches physicians, department heads, and hospital administrators can take when addressing this issue.

Bashuk says they should strive to:

  • Wear many hats, including as pediatrician and administrator stand-in.
  • Never assume physician instruction is taken as the final word.
  • Be wise to greater tolerance.

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