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Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões

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BASSANEZI, Betina Sílvia Beozzo  and  OLIVEIRA FILHO, Antonio Gonçalves de. Postoperative analgesia. Rev. Col. Bras. Cir. [online]. 2006, vol.33, n.2, pp.116-122. ISSN 0100-6991.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pain has been one of the men's biggest worries. Despite of scientific progress there still exist many barriers in an adequate treatment of pain including the lack of knowledge of many drugs and pain management techniques. The objective of this study is to discuss the main drugs and analgesics process in an effort to stimulate our colleague interest about the subject and thus increasing treatment efficiency of our patients. CONTENTS: It is emphasized in this study the importance of an adequate postoperative analgesia discussing the main drugs and techniques used in pain management, their mechanism of action, dose, administration route and side effects of each drug. It is also pointed out the great importance of teamwork with all of the people envolved in patient's care. CONCLUSIONS: Nowadays, it is unadmissible that the pain control in postoperative period be done with less than excellent results due to a large choice of drugs and analgesic techniques. Is necessary an adequate interaction of all team members, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and nurses involved in patient's care together with the knowledge of different drugs and techniques for pain management.

Keywords : Analgesia; Pain; postoperative [prevention & control]; Pain; postoperative [therapy]; Analgesics; Surgery.

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