Saturday, Oct. 271 - 5 p.m.
Program Track: Sedation and Anxiety ManagementModerator: David H. YuSpeaker: Michael S. HigginsThis lecture-based presentation will consist of a comprehensive review of pain management options. A well-implemented systematic approach to patient comfort impacts many aspects of successful patient care with improved:• Patient acceptance based upon the anticipated surgical experience.• Patient follow through of staged procedures.• Surgical team stress and performance.• Surgical outcomes.• Healing and infection rates.• Positive patient experiences.Thorough consideration of both the physical and emotional aspects of patient comfort during the pre-, peri-, and post-operative period is crucial for a positive surgical experience. Thoughtful management of the pain control tools available includes the proper selection and application of sedatives/anxiolytics, local anesthetics, and post-operative analgesia regimens. Educational Objectives:• Identify various options for pain and anxiety management.• Consider pharmacology and use of local anesthetics including enhancement additives.• Implement patient evaluation and selection criteria for basic and advanced pain management procedures.• Review pharmacologic considerations for anxiolytic, sedative, and general anesthetic agents.• Adopt criteria for selection and application of appropriate sedation or general anesthetic techniques.• Manage post-operative discomfort including concepts of multi-modal analgesia.• Evaluate obstructive sleep apnea and its influence on pain management strategies.