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Pain, Analgesic Effectiveness, and Long-Term Opioid Dependency

  • Yoanna SkrobikEmail author
  • Pamela Flood
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Part of the Lessons from the ICU book series (LEICU)

Abstract

Routine pain assessment and the procurement of effective analgesics are of paramount importance to critical care patients. Constant evaluation underpins the important balance between pain relief and the pharmacological side effects of administered agents. The significance of these issues was highlighted during the production of the most recent Society of Critical Medicine’s (SCCM) Pain, Agitation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep (PADIS) Guidelines [1]. Patients who partnered as authors and contributors in the SCCM PADIS effort ranked this dimension of clinical care as essential to their well-being, leading to its prioritization for these guidelines [2].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Stanford UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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