OPIOID WORKING GROUP DESCRIPTION & DESCRIPTION
STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL: LEADERSHIP
SCA will be a recognized resource for healthcare providers engaged in the care of patients undergoing cardiovascular and thoracic procedures.
The mission of the working group is to become a leader in addressing the opioid epidemic both nationally and internationally and to set the stage for collaboration with other societies to combat the crisis
The purpose of the working group is:
- To review current literature on the mechanisms of pain associated with cardiac surgery and the role of multimodal analgesia for cardiac surgery in both opioid-tolerant and opioid-naive patients with the goal of reducing overall opioid use.
- To develop better practices/adaptable clinical guidelines in the perioperative management of opioid-tolerant and opioid-naive patients (from published literature, available general guidelines, and expert opinions). The goal is to provide an easy-to-use guide and, if possible, a process to evaluate its impact on the opioid crisis.
- To develop a plan to disseminate the practices/guidelines via educational sessions on the SCA website and/or at the annual SCA meeting.
- To devise an approach to provide a platform for the members to provide feedback and suggestions, which will help to refine/improve the guidelines over a biannual basis.
- To formulate a proposal to collaborate with the STS to provide optimal patient care and pain control using multimodal analgesics and regional techniques with the goal of reducing overall opioid use for cardiac surgery.
The working group reports to the Quality & Safety Leadership Committee.
The working group meets at least once per year.
The working group is composed of the Chair, Parent Committee (QSL) Chair, and other Society members. A Board Liaison may be appointed at the discretion of the President.
Working group members serve for a term of two years.
2021-2022 WORKING GROUP ROSTER
Benu Makkad, MD – Chair
Bruce Bollen, MD – Parent Committee Chair
Jessica Brodt, MD – SCA Board Liaison
Timothy Heinke, MD
Diana Khatib, MD
Marie-Louise Meng, MD
Raiyah Sheriffdeen, MD