BMC Emergency Medicine is calling for submissions to our Collection on "Optimizing opioid prescriptions in the emergency department".
One of primary goals of emergency care is to alleviate severe pain due to acute or chronic condition safely and effectively, and opioid is still the main medication for treatment of severe pain. However, opioids are addictive, and patients may be at the risk of opioid use disorder even with a single prescription after an emergency department visit. While long-term use of opioid is associated with many adverse effects, including immunosuppression, neurohormonal defects, risk of addiction, respiratory depression etc. At currently, there are many opioid prescription guidelines to ensure its proper use in Emergency Department. However despite these guidelines, long-term opioid abuse is an increasing problem worldwide.
To discuss the core issues of opioid prescriptions in ED and invite the clinicians and researchers globally to contribute their latest discoveries and reflections to help advance our understanding of this important topic, we have decided to launch a new BMC Emergency Medicine collection “Optimizing opioid prescriptions in the emergency department”.
We invite submissions from all aspects of this developing field including, but not limited to:
- The causes and consequences of the opioid pandemic;
- Alternatives to opioids for the treatment of severe pain in the emergency department;
- The aspects that make persons prone to opioid addiction;
- Treatment of opioid addiction;
- How to optimize opioid prescription without compromising patient wellbeing;
- The role of doctors in the management of opioid addiction.
When submitting your work, please indicate in your cover letter that it is intended for the "Optimizing opioid prescriptions in the emergency department" collection. You can email your pre-submission queries to the Editor of BMC Emergency Medicine at email@example.com.
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