Acute Pain Alternatives: The Impact of Avoiding Opioids on Hospital Delirium

Acute Pain Alternatives: The Impact of Avoiding Opioids on Hospital Delirium

Event Description:

Join us for this special presentation featuring real-world strategies for preventing hospital delirium!

Delirium affects as many as 50% of hospitalized patients over the age of 65. Furthermore, delirium accounts for increased length of stay, hospital readmissions, emergency department visits and institutionalization of older adults.

Delirium is often precipitated by opioid use for pain management. Don’t miss this discussion on alternatives, using an example of a successful hospital project. These initiatives will inspire you to take on delirium prevention at your facility!


  • Name the symptoms, causes and serious consequences of delirium
  • Understand the relationship between prescribing opioids and the development of delirium, particularly in older adults
  • Explore opioid alternatives for acute pain in the hospital setting
  • Learn from a real-world hospital project that prevented delirium in hip fracture patients using nerve blocks instead of opioids


Christine LaRocca, MD, Medical Director, Telligen
Cathy Snapp, PT, Orthopedic Program Administrator, Clinical Quality Coordinator for Physical Rehab Services, Norman Regional Health System


Nurses, Physicians, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Unit Managers and Quality Improvement Leaders

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