Postoperative Pain Management - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781416024545, 9781437710649

Postoperative Pain Management

1st Edition

An Evidence-Based Guide to Practice

Authors: George Shorten Daniel Carr Dominic Harmon Margarita Puig John Browne
Hardcover ISBN: 9781416024545
eBook ISBN: 9781437710649
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 2nd June 2006
Page Count: 304

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A team of today's leaders in this rapidly changing field present definitive, evidence-based guidance on optimal postoperative pain practice. Comprehensive in scope, the text spans the spectrum of patients from infants to the elderly, and examines topics including the scientific basis of postoperative pain, management of postoperative pain, and postoperative pain management in specific clinical settings. A bonus CD-ROM, bound in the text, presents approximately 200 case-based question sets for self-assessment.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive, current source of information on what practices are supported by existing evidence.
  • Includes practical examples to demonstrate the clinical application of principles or recommendations discussed.
  • Emphasizes evidence-based decision making practice.
  • Presents a design and presentation suitable for all health care workers responsible for the management of postoperative pain.
  • Offers abundant illustrations throughout to facilitate understanding of the material.

Table of Contents

I. Evidence-Based Practice

1. Introduction

2. The Principles of Evidence-Based Practice

3. Accessing Information on Pain Management

4. Practice Guidelines, Protocols and Recommendations

II. Scientific Basis of Postoperative Pain and Analgesia

5. The Neurohumoral, Inflammatory and Coagulation Responses to Surgery

6. Nociceptive Mechanisms of Postoperative Pain

7. Neuropathic Mechanisms of Postoperative Pain

8. Genetic Factors in Postoperative Pain

9. Patient Outcome in Postoperative Pain

10. Wound Healing and Pain

III. Management of Postoperative Pain

11. Pain Management Objectives

12. Clinical Assessment of Postoperative Pain

13. Prediction and Preemptive analgesia

14. The Acute Pain Service

15. Opioids: Indications, Efficacy and Regimens

16. Opioids: Adverse Effects, Limitations and Failures of Therapy

17. Patient-Controlled Analgesia

18. Regional and Peripheral Techniques

19. NSAIDs

20. Multimodal Analgesia

21. Nonconventional Analgesics and Techniques

IV. Postoperative Pain Management in Specific Clinical Settings

22. Postoperative Pain Management in Infants and Children

23. Postoperative Pain Management in the Elderly

24. Postoperative Pain Management Following Caesarean Section

25. Postoperative Pain Management for Patients with Drug Dependence

26. Postoperative Pain Management in the Ambulatory Setting

27. Prevention And Management of Chronic Postsurgical Pain


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About the Author

George Shorten

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University College Cork and Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland; formerly, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Daniel Carr

Affiliations and Expertise

Saltonstall Professor of Pain Research, Department of Anesthesia, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Dominic Harmon

Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Ireland

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pain Medicine, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland

Margarita Puig

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Anaesthesiology, Hospital Universitario del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

John Browne

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Pain Management Services, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland