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Abstract: Post-operative pain management in day surgery.

Authors:

Skilton M.

Institution:

Llanwenarth Suite (Day Surgery Unit), Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

Source:

Nurs Stand. 2003 Jun 4-10;17(38):39-44.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND: The author carried out a literature review of post-operative pain management in day surgery units. CONCLUSION: Based on this review, the article makes recommendations for: pre-operative information for patients about their proposed surgery and strategies for pain relief during their stay; a recovery protocol for the administration of intravenous opioids of choice, in titrated doses, by appropriately qualified nurses; and a protocol for the administration of oral analgesia by nurses, from a prescribed list, for patients in pain on the ward.

Keywords:

Anaesthesia Surgery Complications Pain