KMB p/r posted ---"LAKE FOREST, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- I-Flow, LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company and manufacturer of the ON-Q Pain Relief System, today announced a new service for hospitals designed to reduce reliance on narcotics for post-surgical pain management and improve both the quality of care and financial outcomes.
The ON-Q Take ACTION (Avoiding Complications Through Initiatives to reduce Overutilized Narcotics) program is an integrated, step-wise approach to help hospitals implement alternatives to opioids for post-surgical pain management. Until recently, post-surgical pain was primarily treated with narcotics, which data overwhelmingly suggest may pose risks of addiction and may cause undesirable side effects, longer hospital stays, unnecessary readmissions and increased potential for adverse drug events. These unwelcome side effects can have a significant impact on healthcare costs and can contribute to poor patient satisfaction. By combining financial assessments, best practice recommendations, innovative technology and outcomes measurement, the ON-Q Take ACTION program may help to reduce or eliminate unnecessary exposure to narcotics, improve post-surgical pain scores and decrease the overall cost of care."