Post-operative pain management in day surgery
Marilyn Skilton Staff Nurse, Llanwenarth Suite (Day Surgery Unit), Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
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.
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This article has been subject to double blind peer review
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