Don’t carry out the assessment of pain without using standardized scales in the immediate post-operative period.

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In many surgeries the administration of post-operative analgesic therapy is a standard practice. However, the pain previously perceived by the patient it is not always rated.If there is a prescription for a pain killer treatment “under condition”, i.e. with the possibility of opting for different active ingredients prescribed by shared interdisciplinary protocols, the choice should be guided by a systematic assessment of pain as a symptom.
The use of standardized scales (eg. Numerical Rating Scale and Visual Analogue Scale), allows to standardize the behaviors in this regard and encourages the choice of the treatment most suitable to the situation and the patient.
Where possible, the preoperative patient education is also important, as well as the assessment of pain before surgery.


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