November 24, 2014
Since 2003, pain rates in patients who underwent inpatient surgery have been greatly reduced, according to research presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Anesthesiology Annual Meeting.
Researchers surveyed 441 patients who underwent inpatient surgery before they were discharged from the hospital and at 1, 2 and 3 weeks after surgery. The survey asked patients to grade their levels of pain intensity on a scale from no pain to extreme pain, and asked patients to rate their satisfaction with the pain medication they were given. The collected survey data were compared with data from a similar study conducted between 1998 and 2002.