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Efficacy and Safety of an Acute Pain Service among 10,760 Postoperative Patients

  • FRANCESCO DENI1
  • GABRIELE FINCO2
  • LAURA CORNO1
  • GIOVANNI LANDONI1,3
  • STEFANO TURI1
  • ELEONORA COLNAGHI1
  • LAURA COMOTTI1
  • MARIO MUSU2
  • RENATO MEANI1
  • ALESSANDRA MELLO1
  • VALERIA PEROTTI1
  • NICOLA PASCULLI1
  • LUIGI BERETTA1,3
  • ALBERTO ZANGRILLO1,3

1 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy

2 Department of Medical Sciences “M. Aresu”, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy

3 Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy

DOI: 10.22514/SV121.102016.14 Vol.12,Issue S1,October 2016 pp.78-90

Published: 10 October 2016

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*Corresponding Author(s): GIOVANNI LANDONI E-mail: landoni.giovanni@hsr.it

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Abstract

Introduction. Post-operative pain con-trol improves surgical outcome and many hospitals created multidisciplinary teams, called “Acute Pain Services” (APS). We col-lected APS data on 10,760 adult patients over a five year period, including compli-cations, side effects and patient satisfac-tion.

Methods. Data on patients managed by APS in a high surgical-volume university hospital over a 5-year period were col-lected and analyzed. Data included demo-graphic characteristics, primary analgesic modality, adjuvant analgesic treatment, type of surgical procedure, Visual Ana-logue Scale, and analgesia-related side-effects and complications.

Results. Patient controlled analgesia with morphine was used in 4,992 surgical pa-tients while epidural analgesia was used in 3,687 surgical patients and 1,670 pregnant women for delivery analgesia. A total of 411 patients received other forms of analgesia. No epidural haematoma was observed. A single case of respiratory depression oc-curred in an elderly patient using the pa-tient controlled analgesia system. Acetami-nophen was the most frequently adjuvant drug prescribed. Postoperative nausea and vomiting was the most frequent analgesia-related side effect. Visual Analogue Scale at rest and on movement was low on day one (0.84±1.15 and 2.05±1.67) and decreased thereafter with epidural analgesia associ-ated with better pain control following hip and liver surgery, and with less postop-erative nausea and vomiting (5.0%) when compared to morphine patient controlled analgesia (7.2%).

Conclusions. An APS, with daily postop-erative visits, permits adequate post-oper-ative pain control without serious adverse events. Epidural analgesia was associated with less postoperative nausea and vom-iting and had at least similar pain control than morphine patient controlled analge-sia.

Key words

 acute pain service, epidural an-algesia, patient controlled analgesia, anes-thesia, surgery

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FRANCESCO DENI,GABRIELE FINCO,LAURA CORNO,GIOVANNI LANDONI,STEFANO TURI,ELEONORA COLNAGHI,LAURA COMOTTI,MARIO MUSU,RENATO MEANI,ALESSANDRA MELLO,VALERIA PEROTTI,NICOLA PASCULLI,LUIGI BERETTA,ALBERTO ZANGRILLO. Efficacy and Safety of an Acute Pain Service among 10,760 Postoperative Patients. Signa Vitae. 2016. 12(S1);78-90.

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