Sunday, August 14, 2016

Multimodal Analgesic Protocol Improves Analgesia, Pain Documentation After Arthroplasty

The implementation of a multimodal analgesic protocol may be a simple, effective way to boost the documentation of preoperative pain scores and opioid use in an acute pain service, new research suggests.

Multimodal protocols for nonopioid analgesia using acetaminophen, cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors, gabapentinoids and peripheral nerve catheters have been shown to decrease opioid use and improve patient analgesia, according to researchers from the University of Florida, in Jacksonville. However, the effect of these protocols on baseline assessment of patient pain and opioid use, which is “key to providing an appropriate level of postoperative analgesia,” has not been investigated, they wrote.


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