Pediatric Opioid Use and Abuse in Acute Care

October 2nd 2020

Contemporary Clinic spoke with Kristin Hittle Gigli, acute care pediatric nurse practitioner and volunteer leader at NAPNAP, about pediatric opioid use and abuse and medication-based treatment.

Contemporary Clinic spoke with Kristin Hittle Gigli, acute care pediatric nurse practitioner and volunteer leader at NAPNAP, about pediatric opioid use and abuse and medication-based treatment.

In her research, Gigli has found that the role of nurse practitioners has changed dramatically, including how they interact with other team members and their impact on patient care. "We think that nurse practitioners are making care better for kids, so I'm working on doing studies to figure out how they are doing that and what the outcomes are for those kids," Gigli said.

Further, Gigli has seen opioid use impact many of her patients, including more than 40% of patients ending up in the Intensive Care Unit. "About a third of those patients require support for breathing, and about 20% require support for their blood pressure," Gigli added.

Gigli also discussed her role on the Health Policy Committee at NAPNAP, medication-based treatments, and what she hopes to see for the future of nurse practitioners in health policy and opioid use and abuse.

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