The calculation of opioid conversion is a crucial step in intensive care and is necessary throughout all the medical branches.
Opioids (opiates) are a group of analgesic drugs, used primarily for pain management. They all interact with specific opioid receptors such as μ (mu), κ (kappa), and δ (delta) in the human body, but their potency and mechanisms of action differ significantly. Their dosage also depends on the chosen method of administration. It is common practice to switch the drug or the route of administration when specific drugs don’t provide sufficient pain control or cause intolerable adverse effects. Opiate conversion is conducted basing on relative drug potency in equianalgesic charts.