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Running head: PICOT STATEMENT PAPER1PICOT Statement paperRebekah M. DentonGrand Canyon University NRS-490-0500August 17, 2019
PICOT STATEMENT PAPER2PICOT Statement paperThe selection chosen that will be studied is patients that are ages 18-25 and males. They are males that are prescribed narcotics for post-surgical use, and they are going to receive over 10 minutes of education with documentation on narcotics with the side effects and the possibilityof addiction. These men will be compared to other men that do not receive the full education including the education of misuse of the narcotics. This will raise the question of whether or not the men receiving the increased education on the narcotic misuse will decrease their use of the narcotics and not misuse them after being checked up on for 30 days following a surgical procedure. “Among the more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with nearly 30,000 overdoses” (Pearlstein, 2017). The use of fentanyl is widely used in the operating room, and this increases the addiction when patients are also given narcotics post-operatively.The peri anesthesia nurses will be in the post-surgical department, and they are responsible to educate the patients on their incision care and the medications they will be taking at home. Many times, the nurses do not fully explain the medications and the medications strength. The nurses also do not explain the amount of time before the patients should stop takingthe narcotics and switch to a non-narcotic. Through the articles of study, it shows many times of people on heroin stating that they started taking narcotics and became dependent on them first.