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Sobieraj DM, Martinez BK, Miao B
Comparative effectiveness of analgesics to reduce acute pain in the prehospital setting.
The objectives of this study were to assess comparative effectiveness and harms of opioid and nonopioid analgesics for the treatment of moderate to severe acute pain in the prehospital setting. Among the investigators’ conclusions were that as initial analgesia, opioids were no different than ketamine, APAP, and NSAIDs in reducing acute pain in the prehospital setting. Opioids may cause fewer total side effects than ketamine, but more than APAP or NSAIDs.
Citation: Sobieraj DM, Martinez BK, Miao B . Comparative effectiveness of analgesics to reduce acute pain in the prehospital setting. Prehosp Emerg Care 2020 Mar-Apr;24(2):163-74. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2019.1657213..
Keywords: Opioids, Medication, Pain, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Comparative Effectiveness, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research