A Decision Tree Model for Postoperative Pain Management

Cynthia W. Ward, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Disclosures

Urol Nurs. 2015;35(5):251-256. 

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Conclusion

Pain management is a complex yet essential function for health care providers. Effective pain management is crucial for individuals following surgery to provide comfort, prevent complications, and allow the fullest recovery. A decision tree model flowchart was developed to guide selection of appropriate postoperative pain management methods. This chart can be used to assist clinicians to provide pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches to pain management for special patient populations.

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