Opioid analgesics: Safe use for acute postoperative pain
Jenny is a 73-year-old woman scheduled for a total knee replacement. She has been taking an oral modified-release formulation of an opioid analgesic for the last 6 months. How will you ensure that her pain is effectively and safely managed after her surgery and on transition back into the community?
The safety of commonly used vitamins and minerals
Dietary supplements are the most common type of complementary medicine in Australia, reportedly used by 47% of the population. Vitamins and minerals are particularly popular.
Like all medicines, supplements can cause potential harms such as adverse reactions, drug interactions, monetary cost, delay of more effective therapy, false hope, and increased medication burden.