Case Based Challenges in Acute Pain Management

Author: Debra B. Gordon

Acute pain is associated with negative outcomes; therefore, efforts to prevent and control pain are necessary. Goals for acute postoperative pain management include reducing the incidence and severity of pain, particularly that which impacts patient function such as movement; minimizing side effects from analgesics; preventing postoperative complications; enhancing recovery; and preventing chronic pain if possible. The purpose of this session will be to discuss common challenges including pain assessment, opioid safety, and individualizing multimodal analgesia.

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