Acute pain management in the postanesthesia care unit.

Kishor Gandhi, Jaime L. Baratta, James W. Heitz, Eric S. Schwenk, Benjamin Vaghari, Eugene R. Viscusi

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Abstract

Pain management in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) is continually evolving, with several new nonopioids expanding the list of available agents. Pain in the PACU is not an inevitable outcome of surgery. With careful planning, multimodal analgesic techniques instituted preoperatively will reduce pain in the PACU. Accurate assessment of the characteristics of pain will direct rational drug choices while minimizing side effects. Better management of pain in the PACU setting will likely improve patient satisfaction and facilitate shorter PACU stays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1-15
JournalAnesthesiology clinics
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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    Gandhi, K., Baratta, J. L., Heitz, J. W., Schwenk, E. S., Vaghari, B., & Viscusi, E. R. (2012). Acute pain management in the postanesthesia care unit. Anesthesiology clinics, 30(3), e1-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anclin.2012.09.001