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  • Writer's pictureTracy Harrison

The Week in Pain Review (March 1)

Updated: Jan 15

These are a few items that have come to my level of awareness this week regarding pain management. I share them with you so you can understand the various avenues available to learn more about pain management and how we can collectively make a concerted effort to deliver the highest quality of care.

Predicting Postoperative Pain: A Complex Interplay of Multiple Factors

Journal article inn Anesthesia & Analgesia; 2021 132(3):652-5.

Nelson, Ehren R; Gan, Tong J; Urman, Richard D.

This article will certainly help to identify those patients at higher risk for postoperative pain. While managing these patients might be considered challenging, imagine the impact on individuals as you try to understand their condition and how you can be of assistance to them. Communication with these patients is an important aspect of their care along with discussing appropriate expectations for recovery. While one may not be able to consistently decrease reported pain scores, you can help patients by taking a systematic approach to their pain based on the expected intensity.

Check out the journal article today.

And consider becoming a member of Preempt Pain (with no further obligation) to gain access to a clinical decision tool to guide comprehensive pain management for these patients. Bolster your confidence in your ability to deliver proven effective treatments to patients most in need of your care. Check out the login / sign in area at the top right of the home page.


March 3- TweetChat CPS #4goals4pain

Pediatric pain advocates gathered for a discussion lead by the Canadian Pain Society. After introductions, four questions were posed to the participants which encouraged lively discussion about how we can improve pain management for pediatric patients.

Q1: How can we improve equity, eliminate stigma, and make pain among children matter to everyone?

Q2: How can we improve standardized and reliable assessments for pain among children?

Q3: We need to improve our knowledge of pain in children. What are important topic areas that stand out for you?

Q4: We need to avoid unnecessary pain and prevent the transition from acute to chronic pain in children. What steps are needed to make this a reality?

Check out the link below for some great suggestions and dialogue.

This was a great way to connect with some of the leaders in pediatric pain management and learn how we all can have a positive impact on this significant problem.


Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine SPPM Virtual 8th Annual Meeting April 24-25, 2021

Check out the Mobile Meeting Guide here

Consider virtually attending the SPPM Annual Meeting (on Saturday and Sunday), the perfect opportunity for you to connect with highly respected individuals on all topics of pediatric pain, from acute care, chronic pain, to palliative care. SPPM is making a real effort to appeal to a variety of practitioners from various specialties as effective pain management is a multidisciplinary undertaking. You will surely come away with newfound knowledge, more connections in the pediatric pain world as part of a community dedicated to the well-being of children and their caregivers.

Are you interested in learning more about any of these items? Would you consider signing up for the annual meeting? If not, consider following SPPM on Twitter (@PedsPainMed). Pediatric pain providers are very active on Twitter and you will gain access to some great conversations and resources for you check out on your own time. Consider reaching out to any one of us who tweet about the meeting to see how we can connect.

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