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Postoperative pain management: clinical practice is still not optimal
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
2004 (English)In: Current Anaesthesia & Critical Care, ISSN 0953-7112, Vol. 14, no 5-6, 207-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Major progress in clinical pain assessment and management has been achieved in the last decade. More effective analgesic drugs and improved techniques for pain management have been introduced. However, medical reports published during the last few years on postoperative pain management (POPM) indicate that moderate or even severe pain is still rather commonly experienced by surgical patients in the early postoperative period and that worst-pain-episodes may occur even in the late postoperative phase. Insufficient relief of postoperative pain seems a more common problem on surgical wards than on a postanaesthesia care unit (PACU). The aims of POPM are to inhibit autonomic trauma-induced nociceptive impulses that may result in functional disturbances of vital organs and thereby affect the incidence of potentially severe complications influencing clinical outcome. Considering that recent studies continue to show sub-optimal pain management despite the availability of effective drugs and analgesic techniques it must be considered essential to identify possible barriers to effective pain management in clinical practice so that necessary improvements in POPM routines can be carried out.

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Elsevier, 2004. Vol. 14, no 5-6, 207-210 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1488DOI: 10.1016/j.cacc.2003.09.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1488DiVA: diva2:31764
Available from: 2008-01-09 Created: 2008-01-09 Last updated: 2014-08-19Bibliographically approved

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