Journal Club…

ImageDr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare Centers’ CEO/Owner announced that the monthly Journal Club meeting had two presenters, Megan Taylor, RNA, APRN and Charles Deibelbis, MD, at the meeting on Wednesday, June 25, 2013.  Daniel Grauber, MD, moderated both sessions.  The presenters are providers at PainCare’s ‘family’ of practices.

Megan Taylor presented a case recorded by Andrew J. Engel, MD, from Medicos Pain and Surgical Specialists, Chicago, Illinois concerning the “Utility of Intercostal Nerve Conventional Thermal Radiofrequency Ablations in the Injured Worker after Blunt Trauma.”  Intercostal nerve blocks have shown to offer short-term relief and when utilized for long-term pain, relief of intercostal neuralgia.  There had been no historical evidence as to the efficacy of the procedure until Dr. Engel performed a case study with six patients participating.  Ultimately, four of the six patients were pain free by their final visit.

Charles Dreibelbis, MD, gave a presentation, “Buprenorphine and Buprenorpine/Naloxone Diversion, Misuse, and Illicit Use,” and noted that opioid abuse and dependence are major medical concerns throughout the world.  The dire consequences of misuse are written about in the newspapers, seen on television, heard about on the radio, but it is a more widespread problem than in Hometown, America.  Dr. Dreibelbis went on and spoke about the extent of dependence, safe use and clinical efficacy, as well as abuse, and illicit use of Buprenorphine just one of the drugs in the opioid family.  The medical benefits and non-medical use were discussed along with the negatives that accompany it and behaviors that cause overdosing with it.  Dr. Dreibelbis addressed the novel delivery systems for Buprenorphine that could represent innovative ways to prevent diversion of the drug.

The Circle Triathlon…

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Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, Barrington, New Hampshire, was a proud sponsor of the 2013 Circle Triathlon, which has been held annually since 2008 to benefit The Circle Program in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  The Circle Program’s mission is to provide skills, confidence and courage to socially and economically disadvantaged girls by providing adult and peer support through residential summer camp and year-round mentoring.

The race itself was a family-friendly “sprint” triathlon, or simply a relatively short race involving a swim, bike, and run portion. This year the Circle Triathlon was on Sunday, September 1st at three different locations that offered opportunities for varying athletic abilities:  Mt. Chocorua, Mt. Rattlesnake and Mt. Morgan.  To learn more about this event, visit www.circletriathlon.org.

The smooth operation of the race was made possible by the efforts of countless volunteers, the use of the Riveredge Marina grounds, the Ashland town beach, and local roads with the support of local law enforcement and life safety professionals.

Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, believes in supporting the communities they are a part of. They are honored to stand alongside the other sponsors to give back to The Circle Program, a very deserving organization with such a commendable mission. To learn more about Dr. O’Connell and the way he supports communities, visit Giving back.

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