Patients receiving intravenous acetaminophen after bariatric surgery had a significantly lower requirement for opioids in the day following surgery, according to a study reported in MedPage Today
Patients treated with IV acetaminophen received 37 percent less opioid analgesia over 24 hours compared with patients who did not receive IV acetaminophen, researches said at an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting. Patients reported no loss of pain control with IV acetaminophen.
"Use of postoperative intravenous acetaminophen has become standard practice for our bariatric patients," said Maria Fuega, RN, of South Miami (Fla.) Hospital. "We have incorporated it into our bariatric surgeons' order forms."
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