Mitigating the Opioid Crisis for Wound Care Providers Using Opioid Stewardship

Robert George Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh


Wounds. 2020;32(6):146-151. 

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The control of wound pain is an important part of minimizing the suffering from complications of advanced diseases. This implication is paramount to the practicing wound care provider and implies the need to acknowledge the potential harm from the opioids prescribed to their patients during wound care management. It is essential for practice management and reducing risks of evaluating opioid prescribing, monitoring, and facilitating patient education initiatives to mitigate the current opioid crisis. Principles of opioid stewardship and the use of a helpful acronym within the framework of opioid prescribing for wound care management were introduced. Opioid stewardship principles should become a priority in wound management and procedural and operative surgical intervention.