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Pain management in the post anesthesia phase of nursing care: A systematic review of the literature
Mosier, Casey

2011, BS, Kent State University, College of Nursing.
Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon that affects each patient in a unique way. It is essential for nurses in the post anesthesia care unit to be knowledgeable about this multidimensional phenomenon, including the various aspects of pain management, in order to safely care for those patients who are in pain. If nurses lack the necessary knowledge and skills to provide exceptional pain management, then nursing care will be suboptimal. Although there is much literature on this topic, a lack of adequate knowledge on the part of nursing professionals persists. In fact, pain is typically undertreated. The primary purpose of this paper was to explore pain management in the post anesthesia phase of nursing care. This has been accomplished through a comprehensive and systematic review of the available literature. A large amount of information was synthesized from sixty-five peer reviewed, scholarly sources. This paper includes discussion regarding patient preferences and consequences of uncontrolled pain, as well as factors related to assessment, documentation, and pain control methods. Various pain management methods were reviewed, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic techniques. This systematic review yielded findings that demonstrated the need for various changes that should be implemented related to pain management in the post operative phase of nursing care. Furthermore, it is important that nursing care evolves as an evidence-based practice profession and that nurses incorporate these recommendations into their day-to-day nursing care of patients.
Catherine Snelson (Advisor)
Barbara Yoost (Committee Member)
Lynne Crawford (Committee Member)
John Updegraff (Committee Member)
57 p.

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