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Tuesday, May 24 • 17:00 - 18:00
Pain management for intra-operative and immediately post-operative orthopaedic patients

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Pain management begins with a thorough evaluation of the patient's pain level and pain management history.   Control of pain is essential prior to induction, allowing a smoother induction process and minimizing patient stress.  In some cases, the analgesics used as part of the premedication are sufficient analgesia for the intra-operative period.   Opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, local anaesthetics, alpha-2 adrenergic agonists and anti-epileptics drug are options for premedication that aid in intra-operative analgesia.  For cases in which additional analgesic is required, the use of ketamine, alpha-2 adrenergic agonists, opioids, and local anaesthetics as bolus, intramuscular, epidural or as constant rate infusion should be considered.  Immediately post-operative care includes the above mentioned drugs but can also include cold or heat therapy, depending on the injury, topical local anaesthetics, and laser therapy.  Monitoring the immediate post-operative period is essential to avoid hypothermia or the stoic sedate patient.

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Dr Lori Bidwell

Lori Bidwell received her undergraduate degree (in Art History) from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and her DVM from Michigan State University in 2001 where she also completed an anesthesia residency in 2005. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 ACST
Hall L Adelaide Convention Centre