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'Pain in the ICU' report suggests comprehensive approach
Date:4/7/2009

ations is the standard method of acute pain control, and the choice of which opioid to use is carefully selected based on the uniqueness of each patient's pain management issues, as well as potential side effects and drug interactions.

"Much of the research on pain medications has been conducted in non-ICU settings. The ICU clinician must extrapolate and apply this research to the care of critically ill patients who frequently have tenuous and rapidly changing clinical conditions that complicate pharmacotherapy decisions," said Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, FCCM, lead author of the Pain Management report and Professor, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson, AZ.

"Although pain in the ICU is inevitable, there are a number of unique interventions that critical care professionals can use to anticipate, manage, and even prevent pain from occurring," said James A.L. Mathers, Jr., MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. "Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other members of the extended critical care team should continue to make effective pain assessment and management a priority in the ICU."


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Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
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847-498-8306
American College of Chest Physicians
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