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Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach

Nuances of patient characteristics demand a sophisticated approach to pain management.

Master the complexities of perioperative pain management with the real-life strategies highlighted in this new online program. Challenging patient scenarios across preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods are used to demonstrate the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care. The Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management course includes eight interactive, case-based modules:

  1. Understanding Pain Mechanisms
  2. Risks of Perioperative Opioids
  3. Expectation Setting
  4. Multimodal Pain Therapy
  5. Outpatient Postoperative Opioid Prescribing
  6. Pre-Existing Opioid Use
  7. Substance Misuse History
  8. Pain Management at the End of Life: Final Hours to Days

Under the leadership of John A. Weigelt, MD, FACS, a group of prominent surgeon and nonsurgeon experts in pain management collaborated to create this invaluable, concise resource. 

Perioperative pain management remains the domain of surgeons. Expert use of available resources and a multidisciplinary approach will help take your surgical care to the next level.

Learning Objectives

After completing Optimizing Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach, learners will be able to:

  • Outline the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care, including multimodal therapies and pain management with and without the use of opioids.
  • Describe differences in appropriate pain management approaches for straightforward and complex patient profiles across preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative, and end-of-life periods.
  • Discuss the implications of opioid use in perioperative patients and the strategies to manage patients with profiles ranging from opioid naïve, to opioid use for chronic pain, and to opioid dependency. 

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