Compact Clinical Guide to Acute Pain Management

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Compact Clinical Guide to Acute Pain Management

SKU# 9780826105493

An Evidence-Based Approach for Nurses


  • Yvonne D'Arcy MS, CRNP, CNS

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This book is a comprehensive, very specific, clinical guide for health care providers..."--Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing

This well-written and well-organized book is a much needed 'middle ground' resource between oversimplified introductions to pain management and a thick textbook."--Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Compact Clinical Guide to Acute Pain Management provides an excellent overview of the process of pain management for adult patients in any setting."--Critical Care Nurse

This book provides much-needed guidelines that are presented in an easy-to-use, systematic format for quick access to core concepts on acute pain management. It is designed to help busy practitioners accurately assess pain in a variety of patient populations, and select patient-appropriate medications and interventions to achieve optimal pain management for adult patients.

Intended for use in primary care, internal medicine, and acute- and long-term care settings, this book covers the topics of acute pain assessment, both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment options, current information from national guidelines, along with regional anesthesia techniques, patient-controlled analgesia, and epidural pain management.

Key Features:

  • Offers important new perspective on combination use of pain scales to accurately predict individual pain management needs for more customized and effective management
  • Delivers information on how to treat acute pain in hospitalized patients who also suffer from chronic pain and substance abuse
  • Offers new information on opioid polymorphisms and their surprising effect on pain medication effectiveness
  • Includes a special chapter on managing pain in difficult-to-treat patient populations

This is an essential reference for primary care providers in clinics, hospitals, specialty care, and critical care to assess pain in general populations and provide tips for performing pain assessment on patients with acute pain.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 24, 2011
  • Page Count 344
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105493
  • EISBN 9780826105509

Table of Contents 

Section 1. Overview of Acute Pain

Chapter 1. The Problem of Acute Pain
Chapter 2. The Joint Commission Guidelines for Acute Pain Management
Requirements for maintaining accreditation
Suggested techniques for meeting requirements

Section II. Assessing Acute Pain

Chapter 3. The art and science of assessment
Chapter 4. Assessment tools for acute pain
Chapter 5. Assessing pain in specialty populations

Section III. Medications and Treatments for Acute Pain

Chapter 6. Non-opioid medications
Chapter 7. Opioid medications
Chapter 8. Co-analgesics
Chapter 9. Opioid polymorphisms and patient response to medications
Chapter 10 Non-pharmacologic interventions for acute pain

Section IV. Advanced Pain Management Techniques

Chapter 11. Perioperative pain management
Chapter 12. Patient controlled analgesia
Chapter 13. Epidural pain management
Chapter 14. Interventional options for pain management

Section V. Difficult to treat patient populations

Chapter 15. Chronic pain patients with acute pain
Chapter 16. Sickle cell patients
Chapter 17. Patients with active use or a history of substance abuse
Chapter 18. Abdominal pain patients
Chapter 19. Emergency room, critical care, and trauma patients

VI. Appendices
Pain Rating Assessment Tools,
Selected Websites for Guidelines
Equianalgesic Conversion Table
Opioid Rotation Chart