Post-Operative Pain Management and Opioid Considerations

Post-Operative Pain Management and Opioid Considerations

Post-Operative Pain Management and Opioid Considerations

Post-Operative Pain Management and Opioid Considerations

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Postoperative pain management in the ambulatory surgery setting requires nurses to identify the fundamental and assessment techniques to effectively manage patient pain by utilizing multimodal techniques, which focus on the goals of patient recovery, early mobilization, and prevention of avoidable complications by becoming familiar with updated pain management guidelines and opioid use minimization. Traditional methods of postoperative pain management have shifted from pain-relieving regimens to multi-modal approach with the goal to reduce or eliminate pain with minimal side effects, reduce reliance on opioids, and improve pain scores. There is a national consensus that reducing the use of opioids by following consensus guidelines and the effective use of alternatives, developed by government agencies and key healthcare industry stakeholders. In this course, participants will be provided an update on the goals of pain management, patient assessment guidelines, multimodal therapies, and patient population-specific risk factors. The course will also provide an overview of suggested organizational policies and procedures, roles and responsibilities, as well as management of orders and documentation requirements. We will summarize the recommendations and discuss mitigating risks during transitions of care and the importance of patient and caregiver education.

COURSE INFORMATION

1 hrsValid for 12 monthsCreated 2019-12-30Updated 2019-12-30

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the requirements for assessing the patient throughout the cycle of care, with an emphasis on pain management and the use of appropriate alternatives to the use of opioids.
  • Describe the elements and benefits of a multimodal approach to pain management.
  • Identify population-specific risks associated with pain management medications and treatment options.
  • Explain consensus guidelines for pain management and differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the surgical team members from a nurse’s perspective.

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