University of Southern Indiana

Pediatric Pain Management with Opioids and Opioid Alternatives

Description of Program
The management of pain in the pediatric population requires that the pain needs to be treated appropriately when experienced by the patient.  Pain management can be accomplished safely with multi-modal opioid-sparing techniques and/or opioids.  Increased morbidity and mortality surrounding the use of opioids in the past decade may result in provider hesitation to prescribe opioids for pediatric patients.   These presentations are designed to provide an understanding of pediatric acute and chronic pain, developmental and genetic differences that can lead to variability in efficacy, side-effects, tolerance and abuse potential.  Providers will also gain awareness of tools (risk screening measures, prescription monitoring databases), for assistance in managing acute and chronic patients.     

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking health practitioner (advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistant, and physicians) with prescriptive authority or others with interest.

This independent study program would be of interest to those individuals who care for pediatric patients experiencing acute pain as a result of surgery/procedures, trauma, or sickle cell crisis.  Or for individuals who care for pediatric patients that transition from acute to chronic pain due to musculoskeletal insult, irritable bowel, headache, genetic conditions or juvenile arthritis.  This offering will also benefit providers who are required to have continuing education related to opioid prescribing and opioid abuse.

Program Content
A textbook is not required for this program.  Upon registration will receive additional materials via email.

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this activity is to enable the learner to apply evidence-based guidelines for pediatric acute and chronic pain and treatment options for the pediatric population.

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe biochemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of opioids when used in the treatment of pediatric acute and chronic pain.
  2. Review opioid side effects and factors associated with tolerance, physical dependence, and abuse.
  3. Compare and contrast opioid and opioid-sparing analgesic options/techniques for the neonate/pediatric/adolescent patient.
  4. Explain Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and the suggested treatment plan.
  5. Synthesize pain treatment modalities based on knowledge of the patient, the specific disease state and characteristics of opioids.
  6. Review the opioid epidemic in pediatric patients.
  7. Identify techniques for substance abuse disorder screening.

Delivery of Content
The learner will log into the program via the internet and work independently through the content. The independent study provides an opportunity to learn while in the comfort of your own home and office.  Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns.  Questions regarding content can be directed to the contributors of the content. After the learner works through the content, she/he will complete the program evaluation.

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls.  Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
2 contact hours

The University of Southern Indiana designates this activity for 2 contact hours.  Two hours of this content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice registered nurse prescriptive authority license.

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this knowledge-based Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) activity for 2 contact hours for completion of this program. Pharmacists who request to have their contact hours reported to the Certified Pharmacy Education Monitor (CPE) must indicate this request during registration and include the correct NABP e-PID# and Birthdate (mmdd).

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification is a means to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • View Recording.
  • Submit registration and payment.
  • Review handouts.
  • Complete the program evaluation. (includes questions to assess your knowledge of the content)
  • An email containing the certificate of completion will be sent immediately after completing the quiz and the program evaluation.

Faculty Names and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.
         James A. Tolley, MD
         Michele Hendrickson, MD

Conflict of Interest Statement

There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Expiration date: January 24, 2022.


Accreditation Statements

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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