Wagner CM, Clark MJ, Theurer PF, Lall SC, Nemeh HW, Downey RS, Martin DE, Dabir RR, Asfaw ZE, Robinson PL, Harrington SD, Gandhi DB, Waljee JF, Englesbe MJ, Brummett CM, Prager RL, Likosky DS, Kim KM, Lagisetty KH, and Brescia AA. Predictors of Discharge Home Without Opioids After Cardiac Surgery: A Multicenter Analysis. Ann Thorac Surg 2021.
The Annals of thoracic surgery
BACKGROUND: Whether all patients will require an opioid prescription after cardiac surgery is unknown. We performed a multicenter analysis to identify patient predictors of not receiving an opioid prescription at the time of discharge home after cardiac surgery.
METHODS: Opioid-naïve patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting and/or valve surgery through a sternotomy at 10 centers from January to December 2019 were identified retrospectively from a prospectively maintained data set. Opioid-naïve was defined as not taking opioids at the time of admission. The primary outcome was discharge without an opioid prescription. Mixed-effects logistic regression was performed to identify predictors of discharge without an opioid prescription, and postdischarge opioid prescribing was monitored to assess patient tolerance of discharge without an opioid prescription.
RESULTS: Among 1924 eligible opioid-naïve patients, mean age was 64 ± 11 years, and 25% were women. In total, 28% of all patients were discharged without an opioid prescription. On multivariable analysis, older age, longer length of hospital stay, and undergoing surgery during the last 3 months of the study were independent predictors of discharge without an opioid prescription, whereas depression, non-Black and non-White race, and using more opioid pills on the day before discharge were independent predictors of receiving an opioid prescription. Among patients discharged without an opioid prescription, 1.8% (10 of 547) were subsequently prescribed an opioid.
CONCLUSIONS: Discharging select patients without an opioid prescription after cardiac surgery appears well tolerated, with a low incidence of postdischarge opioid prescriptions. Increasing the number of patients discharged without an opioid prescription may be an area for quality improvement.
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