Are we controlling postoperative pain?☆

  • Machado-Alba J
  • Machado-Duque M
  • Flórez V
  • et al.
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Introduction: Immediate postoperative pain has been underestimated and managed inadequately. Objectives: To assess perceived pain 4h after surgery in patients at the San Jorge University Hospital in the city of Pereira. Materials and methods: Cross-sectional study in patients over 18 years of age was conducted between September 2nd and October 28th, 2011. Postoperative pain intensity was assessed using the Visual Analog Scale, 4h after completing the procedure. Social, demographic, clinical and pharmacological variables were considered. The analysis was done using the SPSS 20.0 for Windows. Results: Of the 213 postoperative patients studied, 114 (53.6%) were women and 99 (46.4%) were men, with a mean age of 47.1±20.0 years. At 4h, 51.4% of patients did not have pain control. There was a statistically significant association between lack of control and age, living in the urban area, type of surgery, non-adherence to the dose, and monotherapy analgesia. Discussion: Inadequate pain control requires revisiting its management, ideally on the basis of clinical practice guidelines and using analgesic drugs at adequate doses and intervals. © 2011 Sociedad Colombiana de Anestesiología y Reanimación.




Machado-Alba, J. E., Machado-Duque, M. E., Flórez, V. C., Montoya, A. G., Escobar, F. C., García, R. R., & Cataño, J. M. (2013). Are we controlling postoperative pain?☆. Colombian Journal of Anesthesiology, 41(2), 132–138.

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