Physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and others involved in the management of patients experiencing or at risk for postoperative pain
At the conclusion of this series, participants should be better able to:
Article 1 - Postoperative Pain Management: Focus on Safety
A multimodal approach using medications that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as nonpharmacologic interventions can be successful, but depends on collaborative care from a surgical patient's healthcare team.
Article 2 - Postoperative Pain Management: Focus on Policies and Protocols
Institutional policies, including cost-containment efforts, sometime stymie implementation of best practices, but goal-directed collaboration among healthcare professionals, informed by effective pain assessment and focused on helping patients recover function, contributes to effective, individualized care.
Article 3 - Postoperative Pain Management: Focus on Counseling and Communication
Communication among members of the healthcare team facilitates effective multidisciplinary care that anticipates and responds to patients' analgesia needs.
Darin J. Correll, MD
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