Managing pain for surgical patients isn’t only about helping people feel better. It’s also about helping them get better, faster.
To recover quickly, most patients need to get moving as soon as possible after surgery. But relying solely on narcotics such as morphine, which dulls the pain, also can dull the patients, slowing their breathing and making them groggy or nauseated — generally not feeling much like moving.
Hospitals, with a push from the federal government, increasingly are paying more attention to how well they manage patients’ pain.
Read the rest of the story with comments from Myles Gart, M.D., at Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Medical Center, H. Randal Woodward, M.D., with Nebraska Spine Hospital and Dr. Woodward’s patient, Barbara Barrett.