SIMPLE, WELL-DEFINED PROTOCOLS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A LOWER FREQUENCY OF PAIN

 

  • Studies have shown that the use of analgesia protocols is associated with a lower frequency of pain.1,2
     
  • There is a need for protocols for specific surgeries and patient populations.3
     
  • Examples of procedure-specific protocols for a range of different indications can be accessed at: http://www.postoppain.org/

 

Graph - Presence of protocols

 

References

1 Poisson-Salomon AS et al. [Patient-related factors and professional practices associated with postoperative pain. Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique. 2005; 53: S47-56.
2 Diby M et al. Reducing pain in patients undergoing cardiac surgery after implementation of a quality improvement postoperative pain treatment program. J Clin Care. 2008; 23: 359-71.
3 Kehlet H. Procedure-specific postoperative pain management. Anesthesiology Clin N Am. 2005; 23: 203-10.
4Benhamou D et al. Postoperative analgesic therapy observational survey (PATHOS): A practice pattern study in 7 central/southern European countries. Pain. 2008; 136: 134-41.