Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2022 Jun 12;159:111209. Epub 2022 Jun 12.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Atlanta, GA, USA; Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA; Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA. Electronic address:
Introduction: Opioid prescribing patterns after pediatric tonsillectomy are highly variable, and opioids may not improve pain control compared to over-the-counter pain relievers. We evaluated whether a standardized, opioid-sparing analgesic protocol effectively reduced opioid prescriptions without compromising patient outcomes.
Methods: A quality improvement project was initiated in July 2019 to standardize analgesic prescribing after hospital-based tonsillectomy with/without adenoidectomy. Read More