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Pain Guide from the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Compiling Acute Pain Principles

At the American Society of Anesthesiologists pain summit, over a dozen societies discussed principles for acute pain resources for surgeries. ASA President Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA, commented, “we learned from each other what progress has been made toward each principle, what challenges or barriers hamper the successful implementation of the principles and what innovations we should embrace as best practices toward optimal acute pain management.”

In part, clinicians should:

  • Conduct a preoperative evaluation
  • Use a validated pain assessment tool
  • Provide education to all patients and caregivers on the pain treatment plan
  • Adjust  pain management based on pain relief and adverse events.
  • Have access to consultation with a pain specialist

For more information on the organizations involved and to read all the principles, click here.