Acute pain in surgical patients

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Schoenwald, Anthony and Rogers Clark, Cath. 2006. "Acute pain in surgical patients." Contemporary Nurse. 22 (1), pp. 97-108. https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2006.22.1.97
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Acute pain in surgical patients

ERA Journal ID40054
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSchoenwald, Anthony and Rogers Clark, Cath
Journal TitleContemporary Nurse
Journal Citation22 (1), pp. 97-108
Number of Pages12
Year2006
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1037-6178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2006.22.1.97
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.5172/conu.2006.22.1.97
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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess experiences of acute surgical pain by patient description of pain intensity and patient satisfaction with peri-operative pain management in a variety of adult surgical patients prior to the appointment of an acute pain nurse in a hospital in Queensland, Australia. METHOD: One hundred and seventeen patients who underwent various surgical procedures were surveyed using a pain rating scale (0-10) and a scale assessing their perceptions of the treatment they received for their post-operative pain. FINDINGS: The results provide baseline data about the adequacy of acute pain management within the hospital prior to the implementation of an acute pain service and an acute pain nurse. Overall, patients reported considerable pain postoperatively, yet were satisfied with the way their pain was treated. CONCLUSION: These findings are consistent with previous research highlighting that acute pain management continues to be a serious clinical issue and that high satisfaction ratings should be viewed with suspicion. The study supports the need for a stronger clinical focus on managing acute pain, with suggested areas for improvement including better educational support for patients, clinician education and thorough assessment and planning throughout the patients' experience.

KeywordsAcute pain; surgical patients
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PubMed ID16863417
Byline AffiliationsIpswich Hospital, Australia
University of Southern Queensland
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