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Articles by Kristien Marie Kahn, JD, BSN, RNC-MNN

A Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Postcesarean Opioid Consumption

Kahn, Kristien Marie; Demarco, Kathleen; Pavsic, Joy; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 46(4):190-197, July/August 2021.

Opioid use reduction after cesarean birth has become a common initiative in hospitals in the United States to minimize risk of opioid naïve women developing a substance use disorder after surgery. In this quality improvement project, decreased use of opioids post-operatively in the hospital and after discharge was accomplished by a multidisciplinary team working in collaboration with women who gave birth via cesarean. Patient satisfaction with pain relief management remained high after the project was introduced.