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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