WHO Safe Anesthesiology Tool: Improving Communication Before and After Surgery

ospitalization and surgery are demanding life events that lead to considerable stress and anxiety in patients. The fear of the “unknown” is a powerful force for the patient especially during the perioperative surgical time period. Unfortunately, medical errors and medications errors are often linked to miscommunication, anxiety and poor patient satisfaction which are common occurrences.  Moreover, patients perceive the day of surgery as one of the most intimidating days in their lives and there is a real absence of information on predictors of anxiety in the current literature[1]. Additionally, there is mounting evidence that patient education is one critical way to combat stress and anxiety during this time period.  Fitzgerald[2]has shown in a study that preoperative surgical education can significantly reduce stress and anxiety preoperatively, therefore increasing patient satisfaction. 

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18 Treatment Types to Help You manage chronic pain

The treatments for chronic pain are as diverse as the causes. From over-the-counter and prescription drugs to mind/body techniques to acupuncture, there are a lot of approaches. But when it comes to treating chronic pain, no single technique is guaranteed to produce complete pain relief. Relief may be found by using a combination of treatment options.

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Know Your Pain Treatment Options

Pain can be a debilitating condition, but there are ways to keep it under control. Learn about different pain management options.

Whether your pain is from arthritis, cancer treatments, fibromyalgia, or an old injury, you need to find a way to get your pain under control. What's the best approach to do that?

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Medications for Chronic Pain

When it comes to treating chronic pain, medications play a crucial role. There are numerous medications available to help you manage pain. However, every pain patient is different and responds to medications differently. Some people may need to take prescription-strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily, while others may need something more potent, such as an opioid.

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