AJN0217.Cover.Online.jpgMultimodal Analgesia for Acute Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach

​Guest editors: Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Carla R. Jungquist, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN

This special supplement examines and summarizes the current state of the science on acute pain management. The articles discuss the incidence of acute pain; its physiology and pathophysiology; multimodal pain treatments that target complex pain mechanisms; and recommendations from evidence-based guidelines, expert consensus reports, and position statements from professional nursing organizations. The authors provide a number of resources to support clinical decision making, nursing judgments, and plans of care aligned with pain science and expert consensus. Case-based examples demonstrate how nurses can apply research, evidence-based recommendations, and best practices in caring for patients who have undergone surgery or other traumatic injury. Our goal is to expand nurses' knowledge about acute pain and its treatment, and to improve the delivery of safe and effective care to all patients with acute pain in all health care settings.

This special report was funded through an unrestricted educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

To access the full report, go to http://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/toc/2017/03001​.