PS Releases Exhaustive Guidelines for Post-Op PainThe American Pain Society (APS) has released comprehensive new guidelines for pain management following surgery. Studies have shown that a majority of patients who undergo surgery report inadequate postoperative pain relief, which could affect their quality of life and increase their risk for postsurgical complications and persistent pain, according to the APS. “The intent of the guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations for better management of postoperative pain, and the target audience is all clinicians who manage pain resulting from surgery,” said Roger Chou, MD, lead author and head of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, in a press release.
The evidence-based guidelines contain 32 recommendations for clinicians and supports the use of a multimodal approach to pain management, which includes a variety of analgesic medications and techniques and non-pharmacologic interventions.The guidelines were developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel on management of postoperative pain. The guidelines are published in The Journal of Pain (2016;17(2):131-157).