Features  |   August 2015
Pain Management in the Ambulatory Setting
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Features   |   August 2015
Pain Management in the Ambulatory Setting
ASA Monitor 08 2015, Vol.79, 20-22.
ASA Monitor 08 2015, Vol.79, 20-22.
Because pain and nausea have been identified as the two primary causes of unexpected hospital admission or delayed discharge after ambulatory anesthesia, an intense focus on effective, opioid-sparing analgesia has developed.1 -3  Despite myriad new techniques in regional anesthesia and novel non-opioid therapies, rates of moderate and severe uncontrolled pain persist.4  Despite developments in therapeutics, several questions can be raised: Are patients becoming more challenging to treat? Are surgeries becoming more painful? Are physician anesthesiologists undertreating pain? Do the current methods of pain management recognize pain as a complex, individualized experience? Through a better understanding of the experience of pain and a system for treating postsurgical pain, surgical outcomes and patient experience can be improved.
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