First Annual US Postsurgical Pain Congress Addresses Gaps in US Postsurgical (Postoperative) Pain Practice

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A recent poll of surgical team leaders shows considerable gaps in knowledge and postsurgical (postoperative) pain management practice across the US healthcare continuum. The Postsurgical Pain Congress's mission is to develop and disseminate standardized best practices to guide surgical teams in advantaging proven multimodal postsurgical pain strategies that promote rapid postsurgical recovery, reduce hospital stays and readmissions, and substantially reduce opioid use while improving overall patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores.

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“By implementing proven multimodal procedure-specific postsurgical pain management strategies, hospital surgery programs can realize improved patient safety and patient outcomes as well as substantial cost savings. And patient satisfaction scores will go

Addressing Gaps in US Postsurgical* Pain Practice
Inaugural US Postsurgical Pain Congress to convene March 8-10, 2013

Today, with US surgeries exceeding 70 million per year—managing postsurgical (postoperative) pain represents an enormous cost and patient safety burden for surgery centers and hospitals. A recent poll of surgical team leaders shows considerable gaps in knowledge and postsurgical (postoperative) pain management practice across the US healthcare continuum. In fact, no current up-to-date best practice guidelines exist for optimally managing postsurgical pain in US surgery patients. The Postsurgical Pain Congress is committed to addressing this unmet need, and its inaugural meeting will convene at the Bohemian Hotel in Celebration, Florida, March 8-10, 2013. The mission of the Postsurgical Pain Congress is to develop and disseminate standardized best practices to guide surgical teams in advantaging proven multimodal postsurgical pain strategies that promote rapid postsurgical recovery, reduce hospital stays and readmissions, and substantially reduce opioid use while improving overall patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores. Recognizing the overwhelming unmet needs of postsurgical pain care providers and patients, International Guidelines Center (IGC), the leading developer of best practice tools for major medical societies, is sponsoring and organizing the Congress.

“By implementing proven multimodal procedure-specific postsurgical pain management strategies, hospital surgery programs can realize improved patient safety and patient outcomes as well as substantial cost savings. And patient satisfaction scores will go up”, says Girish P. Joshi, MD, Co-moderator of the Postsurgical Pain Congress and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“The 2013 inaugural Postsurgical Pain Congress presents an important opportunity to make an exceptional contribution to the practice of postsurgical pain management by bringing together key leaders and educators representing the full surgical care team spectrum—surgeons, anesthesiologists, OR and perioperative nurses, pharmacists, administrators and policy makers”, said David Beck, MD, FACS, Co-moderator of the Postsurgical Pain Congress and Professor and Chair, Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Clinic.

We are inviting key stakeholder organizations representing both general and specialty surgeons, surgical and postsurgical (postoperative) care nursing, anesthesiology, pharmacy, hospital administrators, regulatory compliance and patient safety. Members of the media may request notifications regarding the reporting of the findings of the Congress. For more information, please contact Charles Kennedy of IGC at ck(at)guidelinecentral(dot)com or call (386)-490-5117 for information. Or visit: http://www.postsurgical-pain.com

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An educational grant was provided by Pacira Pharmaceuticals to the sponsor, International Guidelines Center, to administer the funding for autonomous development of the Inaugural Postsurgical Pain Congress. If your organization is interested in supporting the mission of the Congress, please contact Charles Kennedy at ck(at)guidelinecentral(dot)com or call 386-490-5117 for additional information.

About the Postsurgical Pain Congress: http://www.postsurgical-pain.com

Objectives of the Postsurgical Pain Congress

  •     Identify the gaps in current postsurgical (postoperative) pain care in the United States
  •     Identify who and how surgery, anesthesiology, nursing, and/or pharmacy can take ownership of postsurgical pain management
  •     Identify key parameters of postsurgical pain care that require priority focus
  •     Support the development of a current postsurgical pain best practices instrument that meets the needs of postsurgical pain care providers, patients, and other stakeholders
  •     Reduce the number of patients who experience postsurgical severe/extreme pain

Executive Steering Committee Members

  •     Girish Joshi, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, University of Texas Southwestern – Co-moderator
  •     David Beck, MD, FACS, Professor and Chair, Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery Ochsner Clinic Foundation – Com-oderator
  •     Ketan R. Sheth, MD, Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Chief, Division of General Surgery
  •     Roger Hill Emerson Jr, MD, Director, Joint Replacement Institute, Presbyterian Hospital Plano
  •     Mikio A. Nihira, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Oklahoma University
  •     Melanie H. Simpson, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN, Pain Team Coordinator, University of Kansas Hospital
  •     Raymond S. Sinatra, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine
  •     Arthur G. Lipman, PharmD, Professor of Pharmacotherapy, Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Goals of Postsurgical Pain Management    

  •     Optimize surgical patient outcomes
  •     Advance multimodal postsurgical (postoperative) pain management
  •     Improve surgical pain outcomes
  •     Prevent persistent postoperative pain
  •     Reduce opioid use in postsurgical pain management
  •     Reduce readmissions and hospital stays
  •     Improve patient quality of life and satisfaction

About International Guidelines Center

International Guidelines Center is dedicated to providing healthcare professionals with evidence-based clinical decision-support tools that are current, practical, and easily accessible. We partner with twenty-seven medical societies and government agencies to provide quick-reference tools that physicians’ can rely on for credible guidance in the management of a medical condition.

Our Mission: Support global implementation of guideline-based care by making innovative tools accessible to providers at the point of need.

International Guidelines Center
Charles Kennedy
Phone 386-490-5117
Fax 410-744-2150
ck(at)guidelinecentral(dot)com    
5740 Executive Dr. #218
Baltimore, MD 21228

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