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Analgesia Protocol Reduces Post-Op Pain

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

A study in New York City acute rehabilitation hospitals evaluated the effect of an analgesia protocol for elderly patients after orthopedic surgery. Two hundred and forty nine elderly patients who had hip or knee surgery (hip fracture repair, hip or knee replacement/ reconstruction) were entered into the study. The intervention group had physician protocols for analgesia. This included standing analgesia (administration of pain medication) and preemptive analgesia (pain medication given prior to) physical therapy. The control group had the standard therapy, which allowed them to receive analgesia as needed, but there was no pre-determined protocol. Continue Reading »

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