ASA issues top five 'Choosing wisely' recommendations

ASA issues top five <i>Choosing wisely</i> recommendations

(HealthDay)—The top five anesthesiology-related pain medicine issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.

The ASA Committee on Pain Medicine submitted potential recommendations and voted on which issues should be included in the top five. Supporting evidence was identified from literature searches.

The top five recommendations include: (1) opioid analgesics should not be prescribed as first-line therapy for treatment of non-cancer pain; (2) should not be prescribed as long-term treatment for chronic non-cancer pain treatment until the risks have been considered and discussed with the patient; (3) imaging studies such as , computed tomography, or X-ray should be avoided for acute without specific indications; (4) intravenous sedation should not be used as a default practice for diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks or joint injections; and (5) irreversible interventions for non-cancer pain that carry considerable costs and/or risks should be avoided.

"As leaders in patient safety, physician anesthesiologists want the most effective tests and treatments for our patients and we want them to be used appropriately," Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D., president of the ASA, said in a statement. "ASA has taken the lead in improving patient safety related to anesthesiology and ."

More information: More Information

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

SGO issues top five Choosing Wisely recommendations

Nov 06, 2013

(HealthDay)—The top five gynecologic oncology-related issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) as part of the Choosing Wisely campai ...

AAFP issues top five 'choosing wisely' recommendations

Feb 26, 2013

(HealthDay)—The top five primary care issues that patients and physicians should question have been released by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) as part of the Choosing Wisely Campaign.

Recommended for you

Most US babies get their vaccines, CDC says

23 hours ago

(HealthDay)—The vast majority of American babies are getting the vaccines they need to protect them from serious illnesses, federal health officials said Thursday.

Expression of privilege in vaccine refusal

Aug 27, 2014

Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, shows that the reasons why children may ...

User comments