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Le sevrage ultra-rapide sous anesthésie générale: l'expérience de l'Hôpital de St-Loup [Ultrafast opiate detoxification under general anesthesia: the St. Loup Hospital experience]
Revue médicale de la Suisse romande
Publication types: English Abstract ; Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't - Publication Status: ppublish
Rapid antagonist induction under anesthesia is a method that has been increasingly used to detoxify opiate addicts. These procedures are useful to reduce the duration and the discomfort of withdrawal. However, the high risk and the cost of these methods require randomized clinical trial to evaluate safety and clinical effectiveness. The University Substance Abuse Division of Lausanne and the Intensive Care Unit of the St-Loup Hospital work on a randomized clinical trial comparing anesthesia-assisted versus traditional clonidine detoxification combined with an additional psychosocial week. This paper describes the technique of anesthesia used in our study. Our clinical experience suggests that, integrating this technique in a multidisciplinary network, with a strong emphasis on post-anesthetic follow-up, is a viable and safe option in the treatment of opiate dependence.
Adolescent, Anesthesia, General, Humans, Opioid-Related Disorders, Patient Selection, Risk Factors, Switzerland
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