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Many patients are likely frightened and concerned about receiving opi- oids and rightly so. We have a respon- sibility to provide them with informa- tion in a way that both acknowledges their concerns and reassures them that we provide a safe, high-caliber patient care experience. The surgeon must work more closely


with the facility staff and the anesthe- sia team to message with the patients and be consistent within this process. It is imperative that the anesthesia team involved in the patient’s care create this pathway to success as the members of that team are the link that connects all the parties and can coordinate this effort. We all talk about patient engagement.


How many of us truly embrace this responsibility? There are many options and platforms that we can use to reach


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our patients in a manner that will enhance and preoperatively optimize them for their surgical care and provide a frame- work and understanding of the goals put forth for them. I call this process “Stan- dardization with Individualization.” This clinical deliverable can take


many different pathways to success. Each surgeon, facility and anesthesia


provider is integral to this success. Pro- viding alternatives to opioids is just part of the solution; engaging, educating and empowering patients to be accountable will be paramount in their experience and ultimately the success of their care. My presentation at ASCA 2019 will


provide more comprehensive solutions and focus on clinically relevant alter- natives currently available in reducing or even obviating the need for opioid analgesics for patient care. I look forward to seeing you in


Nashville.


Stanford R. Plavin, MD, ASCA Board member, is the president of Technical Anesthesia Strategies & Solutions/ Ambulatory Anesthesia Partners LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Write him at splavin@ technicalanesthesia.com.


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