Chronic Pain: Avoiding Addiction, Death, Medical Malpractice
Published: Monday, 19 April 2010 11:17
Methadone as a substitute for chronic narcotic medication can kill within the first week or two of taking it, leading necessarily to medical malpractice litigation. Personal Injury attorneys both defense and plaintiff sooner or later will work on such a case.
Recently the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Chronic Pain Management produced, for the first time, in more than 10 years, produced new guidelines that cover a range of advances not included in the initial version published in 1997.
Chronic pain is a common phenomenon seen in a variety of settings and is defined as pain of any cause not directly related to cancer extending in duration beyond the period of normal healing, and adversely affecting the function or well-being of the individual. The purpose of the new guidelines is to optimize pain control, enhance functional abilities and physical and psychologic well-being, enhance quality of life, and minimize adverse outcomes such as the sudden death I describe above.
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