Patients who need pain drugs may want to seek care at the ED at night

From Reuters:

Emergency department patients may be more likely to get needed pain medication when they’re younger and don’t show up during the day, a recent Australian study suggests.

Compared with patients seen from midnight to 8 o’clock in the morning, those seeking care from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. were 38 percent less likely to receive pain medication in the emergency department, the analysis of data from one hospital in Melbourne found.

Patients over 55 were 19 percent less likely to receive pain drugs than adults 35 and under, while patients over 75 had 32 percent lower odds of getting pain relief, the study also found

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