that new and better approaches to postoperative pain management are
needed to improve the standard of care and calls for accelerating the
adoption of new technologies that use iontophoretic transdermal,
intranasal and transpulmonary routes to deliver analgesia in a much
less invasive way.
About the Report
To prepare this new report, ASPAN, in partnership with Ortho-McNeil, Inc., convened an expert panel of five leading specialists in the field of acute pain management in October 2006 to examine the current state of postoperative pain management and those trends that may lead to increased safety and better patient care in the future. As part of this evaluation, the panel reviewed published studies on current treatment methods, data on new technologies in development, existing practice guidelines, position statements of government bodies and health care institutions, and new federal and state requirements for reporting medical errors. Further, the panel examined the current state of research funding for and education about postoperative pain and where major gaps exist.
Members of the expert panel are: 1) Pamela E. Windle, MS, RN, CNA, BC,
CPAN, CAPA, Immediate Past President of ASPAN; 2) Robert Hutchison, PharmD,
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Presbyterian Hospital
of Dallas; 3) Harold Minkowitz, M.D., Staff Anesthesiologist at Memorial
Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston; 4) Javad Parvizi, M.D., FRCS,
with the Rothman Institute of Orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital in Philadelphia; and 5) Richard Payne, M.D., Director of the Duke
Institute on Care at the End of Life at Duke University Divinity School in
Durham. In addition to these researchers, Raymond Sinatra, M.D., Ph.D., the
Director of the Yale University Pain Service at the Yale-New Haven Hospital
provided technical assistance to
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