Successful Post-Operative Pain Management Using an Opioid Sparing Regimen


March 26, 2019

Continuing education credits available until:
March 26, 2020


When it was revealed that 30% of Cleveland Clinic LVAD patients were receiving chronic opiates after their hospitalization to implant the device, The Mechanical Circulatory Support Team assumed a more assertive and responsible role in the acute pain management of these LVAD patients. A high percentage of these patients had LVAD implanted as a bridge to transplant and they were active on the heart transplant waiting list. It was their belief that the effective management of acute pain, using an opiate-sparing medication regiment (OSMR), would prevent patients from ultimately transitioning to chronic opiate use. During this webinar, we will hear from two members of the Cleveland Clinic’s Mechanical Circulatory Support Team as they discuss the implementation of an OSMR and how it has led to a significant decrease in opiate prescriptions for management of acute pain at the time of hospital discharge.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the extent of the opioid epidemic in the United States.
  • Define an opiate sparing medication regimen (OSMR).
  • Recognize the significance of pain management education.
  • Outline the positive results of the Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to reduce opioid use in the LVAD population.


  • Kay Kendall, MSW, LISW-S, CCTSW
  • Kim Miracle, ACNP
  • Tiffany Buda (Moderator)

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Target Audience:
Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.

Continuing Education:
CEPTC - The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 1.0 Category I CEPTC credit from the American Board for Transplant Certification. Certified clinical transplant and procurement coordinators and certified clinical transplant nurses seeking CEPTC credit must complete the evaluation form within 30 days of viewing the recording.

Nursing - The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for this offering, approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17117. 


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OnDemand Recording - Available Until 03/26/2020: Successful Post-Operative Pain Management Using an Opioid Sparing Regimen

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  • Tuesday Mar 26 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM