Pediatric Postoperative Pain Management at Home Barriers in Assessment and Treatment

Marcia L. Buck, PharmD, FCCP, FPPAG, BCPPS


Pediatr Pharm. 2016;22(8) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


The optimal method for providing analgesia in children who have been discharged home after an outpatient or short-stay surgery has not been defined. The balance between adequate pain control and minimization of adverse effects is often difficult to achieve, particularly in younger children who are unable to localize and quantify their pain. There has been little guidance in the medical literature, and no consensus guidelines for this area currently exist. In the last several years, a number of papers have added to our understanding of this area and provide some potentially useful considerations.