Originally Posted by COMedic2Doc
Yes. I was trying to emphasize the combination part of the analgesia. Using a benzo and a narcotic synergistically helps with better reception and management of injuries, especially for longer transports over mountain highways. I apologize for any confusion.
I know it's frustrating not being able to appropriately treat patients. I treat patients in pain every day. I never think "If I give a benzo it'll be easier to treat this pain". You don't really get better pain relief with the synergy from benzos + opioids. You do definitely get a higher risk of complications, such as apnea. What's really needed is opioids or non-opioid analgesics in appropriate doses.