CONTROLLING PAIN: Sticking to the safe side with fentanyl patches
Yvonne D'Arcy CRNP, CNS, MS

March 2009 
Volume 39  Number 3
Pages 62 - 63
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D'Arcy, Yvonne CRNP, CNS, MS

Issue: Volume 39(3), March 2009, p 62–63 Publication Type: [… & more: CONTROLLING PAIN] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Yvonne D'Arcy is a nurse practitioner in pain management and palliative care at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and a member of the Nursing2009 editorial advisory board. Meet Ms. D'Arcy at the Nursing2009 Symposium in Orlando, Fla., May 6 to 9.

THE FENTANYL PATCH is a simple, easy-to-use way to provide around-the-clock pain relief for patients with chronic pain. However, you and your patients need to understand the risks and benefits of patch technology. In 2005, about 4.7 million prescriptions for fentanyl patches were written in the United States. 1 With increasing patch use, adverse reactions, including death from fentanyl overdose, are on the rise. In this article, I'll describe steps you can take to improve patient safety when using fentanyl patches. For more on the drug, see Focus ...

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