Role of the nurse in the assessment and management of post-operative pain

Anne-Marie Coll, Rebecca Jone

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Abstract

While post-operative pain is a common and unavoidable consequence of surgery, evidence suggests that the levels of pain experienced by patients are unnecessarily high. In the past two decades, evidence has also indicated that nurses' knowledge of the assessment and effective management of pain is suboptimal. This article considers the elements required for an effective post-operative pain assessment, as well as examining the barriers that result in many patients' post-operative pain not being assessed. The article also provides an overview of the main pain management interventions available to nurses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Standard
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • analgesics
  • clinical
  • drug administration
  • medicines
  • medicines management
  • pain
  • pain assessment
  • post-operative pain

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