Multimodal analgesic technique
Dr. Parul Maheshwari is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, USA, a multispecialty, tertiary care hospital and is the only Level 1 trauma center in the state of Oklahoma. Dr. Maheshwari completed her Anesthesiology residency and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. She is a Diplomate of American Board of Anesthesiology and National Board of Echocardiography. She has been extensively involved with teaching and mentorship of students, residents, and fellows. She has been a member of departmental and hospital committees. She is an editorial board member for Journal of International Archives of Clinical Anesthesia Research and has numerous peer reviewed publications.
Pain is one of the main predictable postoperative adverse outcome and is reason for distress in patients. Adequate pain control is important for perioperative period. Any single analgesic may not be capable of providing best pain control with minimum or no side effect. Multimodal analgesia is combining different entities to decrease pain as well as the side effects of medications and improve patient satisfaction. Combination of drugs allow modulation of pain at various points in the neurochemical pathway, resulting in synergistic and/or additive analgesia which is corner stone of multimodal analgesia. Multimodal analgesia not only decreases pain and discomfort, but also decreases over all cost by decreasing length of stay.
My talk will focus on concepts of multimodal analgesia, its advantages, different modalities used and its impact on patient care.