Postoperative Pain Management-
Good Clinical Practice
General recommendations and principles for successful pain management.Prepared by a group of experts in cooperation with European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy.
Effective postoperative pain management has a humanitarian role, but there are additional medical and economic benefits for rapid recovery and discharge from hospital. A number of factors contribute to effective postoperative pain management including a structured acute pain management team, patient education, regular staff training, use of balanced analgesia, regular pain assessment using specific assessment tools and adjustment of strategies to meet the needs of special patient groups, such as children and the elderly. Recent advances in pain control provide greater potential for effective postoperative management.
This document reflects the opinions of a panel of European anaesthesiologists. Its aims are to raise awareness of recent advances in pain control and to provide advice on how to achieve effective postoperative analgesia. The recommendations and advice are general principles of pain management and do not provide detailed advice for specific surgical procedures.
Author:Dr Jose De Andrés, MD, PhD