25 June 2013

Finally some research support for continuing MMT/BMT peri-operatively.

Dear Colleagues,
Some researchers in Adelaide have collaborated with an elegant retrospective analysis on the needs for post operative analgesia in maintenance patients using PCA.  In addition to supporting the safety of continuing methadone, they conclude: “These results confirm that continuation of buprenorphine perioperatively is appropriate.”
Pain relief and opioid requirements in the first 24 hours after surgery in patients taking buprenorphine and methadone opioid substitution therapy. Macintyre PE, Russell RA, Usher KA, Gaughwin M, Huxtable CA. Anaesth Intensive Care 2013 41;2:222-30