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Post-operative care and analgesia 

Post-operative care and analgesia
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Post-operative care and analgesia
Author(s):

Chris Dodds

, Chandra M. Kumar

, and Frédérique Servin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199234622.003.0011
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date: 20 April 2019

Delayed recovery is mainly due to residual effects of anaesthetic agents/pre-medication.

Emergence delirium may be dangerous and should be recognised and treated as an emergency.

Spectacles and hearing aids should be given back as soon as possible on the recovery phase.

Pain and its intensity may be difficult to recognize and quantify in the elderly, but there are no data to sustain the idea of a reduced perception of pain.

Increased inter-individual variability requires titration to effect rather than a fixed dosage, and when the mental status of the patient allows it, patient controlled analgesia (PCA) is quite appropriate.

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