Hany Nada, Mr, Gabrielle Adkins, Dr, Francesca Elwen, Dr, Ahmed Hammad, Mr. Guy’s ans St Thomas’ NHS Trust
Introduction: Effective management of post-operative pain is key in improving the post-operative experience, reducing complications and promoting early discharge from hospital. We attempted to evaluate the quality of post-operative pain relief in colorectal surgery patients at St Thomas’ Hospital
Methods: We used a patient questionnaire given to post-operative patients prior to discharge over a randomly selected two week period in March 2016. Our standards included that all patients should be pain free at rest, be informed of what their post-operative analgesia would be, should be satisfied with their pain management and feel that staff did everything they could to help control their pain.
Results: Twenty questionnaires were completed from twenty one patients. Overall, 90% of patients were satisfied with their post-operative pain relief and all twenty agreed that staff did everything they could. 19% of patients were not aware of their post-op analgesia regime and 20% said they were not aware of how often they could request analgesia. The results were presented at the anaesthetics department audit meeting and sent to the matron of the colorectal ward.
Conclusion: Patients counselling and engaging preoperatively can improve their satisfaction of post operative analgesia and pain management.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 79706
Program Number: P330
Presentation Session: Poster (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster