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This is a new focus in Germany, and hospitals worldwide are paying attention.  They are also using medications that are not opiates, and therefore there is no risk of addition – we LOVE THAT!  And LESS PAIN = SHORTER HOSPITAL STAYS!  Sounds great for EVERYONE, including the patient.  

WSJ By JESSICA HOLZER

New research is helping to change attitudes. There is a growing appreciation that poor pain control in the days following surgery can prolong hospital stays or cause acute pain to become chronic. German doctors also are responding to studies showing that small operations can generate intense pain. And hospitals are feeling pressure to compete for a younger crop of patients expecting better pain control.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304244904579278380189904254

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