How can practitioners keep up to date with changing healthcare issues? Abigail T. Brooks, PharmD, BCPS, and a presenter at PWE Mashantucket, commented, As a practitioner in pain management, I recognize that change is all around usfrom how opioids are prescribed, to how patients are screened or monitored while on opioids, and to even how opioids are dispensed to patients. The March release of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was a catalyst of change for many. Dr. Brooks is a clinical pharmacy specialist in pain management at the West Palm Beach VAMC in Florida. She continued, In my research and reading about opioid use in Connecticut, the focus seems to be on a comprehensive bill signed into law by the Governor in May 2016 which became effective in June 2016. While this law seeks to limit the amount of opioids prescribed to an individual and put naloxone into the hands of both first responders and chronic pain patients to combat opioid addiction, the law also represents significant changes for those who have been taking opioids on a chronic basis for legitimate pain. Attending PAINWeekEND will allow providers practicing in the state of Connecticut to hear and learn more about both opioid and nonopioid treatment options as well as how to handle more difficult or complex patients and how to monitor patients deemed appropriate to remain on chronic opioid therapy. The Connecticut Medical Examining Board requires 50 CME hours every 2 years. By attending PAINWeekEnd Mashantucket, participants can receive 6.0 CE/CME credit hours as they enhance their skills in medication risk evaluation and mitigation, pain assessment and diagnosis, and delivery of individualized multimodal treatment. Course topics at the Mashantucket PWE include diagnosis and management of centralized pain; the obscurity of opioids; nonopioid analgesics: antidepressants, adjuvant therapies, and muscle relaxants; patient centered urine drug testings; and courses entitled, Fire the Molecule, Not the Patient!company website
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The Hawkeyes top wide receiver could miss the rest of the regular season. Iowa confirmed that senior Matt VandeBerg injured his foot in practice on Monday. There are some reports that he broke his foot in a non-contact drill. VandeBerg, from Sioux Falls, leads the team in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He also led the Hawks with 65 receptions last season, so he won’t be replaced easily. “There are no guarantees. It’s kind of like life,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. foot pain veins popping out“But the good news is he’s got a great attitude. He was great this morning, and that’s a starting point for any kind of recovery. That’s just how it works. It’s unfortunate.” “I’ve got faith in whoever steps in and takes his job that they’ll step in and do the job right and be at the right place at the right time,” said quarterback C.J.
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