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Pain Management 

Pain Management
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Pain Management
Author(s):

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks

and Sarah L. Clark

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190684747.003.0004
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date: 27 January 2020

Adequate pain control has a high priority. In any acute neurologic pain syndrome it must be assumed that pain management is possible, effective, and simple; unfortunately, most patients in pain have been poorly managed. The pharmacopeia of pain management is growing and changing and several trends have been noted. Pain is underreported in the intensive care unit and should be treated when indicated. Acetaminophen is often the first agent used in pain management. Next are weak narcotic analgesics which could have less severe side effects than stronger opioid analgesics. This chapter discusses types of pain in the neurosciences intensive care unit and specific pharmacologic approaches.

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