How staff at Minnesota ASC minimizes opioid use

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Anesthesiologist Christopher Davies, MD, and nurse anesthetist Neil Anderson, CRNA, practice at the Lakewalk Surgery Center in Duluth, Minn., where they strive to minimize the number of opioids their patients use, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Three things to know:

1. Dr. Davies and Mr. Anderson told the Duluth News Tribune they use a nonopioid anesthetic during surgery to reduce patients' need for opioids after surgery.

2. Mr. Anderson said nine out of 10 patients he cares for don't use opioids after surgery. The ones that do receive low doses.

3. Dr. Davies and Mr. Anderson are in the process of partnering with orthopedic and plastic surgery groups to open a pain management center at Lakewalk Surgery Center.

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