Originally Posted by elykoj
My gastro doc at the Cleveland Clinic told me he could no longer prescribe pain narcotics for it was a new rule there.
I just HAD to respond to this statement, which might be off-topic, but it hits home with me.
I used to WORK for the Cleve Clinic (I live in Akron area), and they are out of control there with their "rules". All that hospital system and foundation cares about anymore is the cardiac unit and getting into the top 10 in US News and World Report every year. That is ALL they give a crap about any more. And if this is the new "rule", to not offer narcotic pain meds, then I would say they have sunk to a new level of being ridiculous, and letting lawyers and upper-management make the rules, instead of letting docs treat people and relieve suffering, which is the reason most docs treat patients in the first place-- TO RELIEVE SUFFERING. Yet the Cleve Clinic is worried about statistical data on how many people that pass through are later being treated for addiction. The rules committees don't give a rat's behind about "easing suffering", and they crank through heart patients as if they are on a conveyor belt.
Makes me truly sick. Addiction potential should be an afterthought when it comes to people who are in so much pain they cannot function. In my book, it is a SIN of tghe worst kind to have a solution to someone's agony, yet to deny relief based on some societal "taboo" about narcotics. Prescribing narcotics is not the same as selling crack on a street corner!! My own boss rarely needs to prescribe a strong painkiller after a procedure, but he does prescribe at times, and his philosophy is, "I have no problem prescribing pain medication after the mildest of local surgeries..... I don't see what the big deal is to give someone 20 or 30 pills to help them feel better after I have cut something out of them! I did not get into this field to cause pain through procedures, and then scoot the patient out the door saying 'in pain? Good luck'!!"
May your burdens be lightened today,