Pain is seen by many as the so-called fifth vital sign but is it reasonable to expect us to eliminate it entirely? The long term consequences for medicine and our patients are now manifesting in daily newscasts regarding “the opioid epidemic”.

Patrick Shanahan and Mike Grocott discuss the crisis with Monty Mythen. It’s a battle which ASER / ERAS and EBPOM are all helping to fight.

The fuller version of this discussion is here: