[PDF] Practice guidelines for acute pain management in the perioperative setting

Publisher:
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
Publication date:
01 February 2012

Abstract

These US guidelines focus on acute pain management in the perioperative setting for adult (including geriatric) and paediatric patients undergoing either inpatient or outpatient surgery. Modalities for perioperative pain management addressed in these guidelines require a higher level of professional expertise and organizational structure than “as needed” intramuscular or intravenous injections of opioid analgesics. The guidelines are not intended as an exhaustive compendium of specific techniques.

The purpose of the guidelines is to

  1. facilitate the safety and effectiveness of acute pain management in the perioperative setting
  2. reduce the risk of adverse outcomes
  3. maintain the patient’s functional abilities, as well as physical and psychological well-being
  4. enhance the quality of life for patients with acute pain during the perioperative period