Windle, MS, RN, 2007-2008 Immediate Past President of ASPAN and Nurse Manager, St.
ASPAN convened an expert panel of specialists in the field of acute pain management, who prepared the report following a thorough assessment of the current state of postoperative pain management and those trends that may lead to increased safety and better patient care in the future.
Designed to provide the most up-to-date information about the state of postoperative pain management in the United States, the ASPAN report identifies those factors that contribute to inadequate pain relief after surgery: under-estimation of postoperative pain by physicians and nurses, deliberate under-treatment due to clinicians' concerns about the potential for adverse events, and a limited understanding among health care professionals about therapeutic strategies for treating postoperative pain, which usually involve the administration of opioids using intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV PCA).
While advances in technology are important, the ASPAN report concludes that technology alone will not lead to safer and more effective postoperative analgesia.
To prepare this new report, ASPAN, in partnership with Ortho-McNeil, Inc.
the Director of the Yale University Pain Service at the Yale-New Haven Hospital provided technical assistance to ASPAN and contributed the foreword to this paper.
For additional information about ASPAN and to obtain a copy of the report, please visit our website at http://www.