A Study to Evaluate Analgesic Use and Duration for Pediatric Long Bone Fractures


About this study

The purpose of this study is to develop an evidenced-based guideline for pediatric opioid prescribing guideline from the emergency department for long bone fractures to more closely tailor pain management to abuse potential. 

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age less than 18 years.
  • Present at St. Marys Emergency Department, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
  • The fracture is acute, < 24 hours from time of injury.
  • The fracture is of a long bone (radius, ulna, humerus, tibia, fibula or femur).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any metabolic, nutritonal or genetic bone disease.
  • The patient was taking an opioid within the last 7 days prior to the fracture for any reason.
  • Any child who’s fracture is suspected to be due to abuse.
  • Any child with a previous or current pain syndrome or “chronic” pain.
  • Any child who has static encephalopathy or an altered perception of pain.
  • The patients is in foster care, county custody, police custody or currently incarcerated.
  • Pregnancy.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Jana Anderson, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Joel Anderson



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