From trauma to recovery – case-based pain management

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This course will cover management of the surgical or trauma patient’s pain. We will consider initial stabilisation, pre-surgical management, intraoperative analgesia and post-operative pain management. 

The theoretical basis of effective pain management, including core pharmacology, will be illustrated with case-based examples. Specific techniques covered will include epidural and other loco-regional techniques, the use of ‘constant’ rate infusions.

The impact of non-pharmacological interventions on pain management will be reviewed in the context of the veterinary practice. 

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • How to identify painful patients and situations when pain may be anticipated
  • How to understand the core pharmacology of key analgesic drugs and how this influences drug selection
  • How to identify appropriate loco-regional techniques for common scenarios, and understand how to apply them
  • When constant rate infusions are appropriate and how to use them most effectively
  • Develop an understanding of pain management beyond the use of analgesic drugs

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