Hospitals See a Troubling Rise in Pediatric ICU Admissions for Opioid Ingestion

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Mar 06, 2018

This article was originally published on by Matt Kuhrt. View the original article by clicking here. 

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As government agencies and healthcare providers scramble to address the opioid epidemic, a new study indicates the rate of children hospitalized for opioid ingestion continues to increase.

Data published in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics shows admissions to pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) related to opioid ingestion increased by 35% between 2004 and 2015.

The only good news is that hospitals are adjusting to create more efficient treatment workflows and to lower the cost of care, even as the overall use of pediatric critical care resources has risen over time, according to the study.

The ongoing national opioid epidemic has generated a wide-ranging response across the industry, from bipartisan legislative efforts to provider-driven initiatives to change treatment protocols for patients with chronic pain...

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