As part of its commitment to delivering the best possible patient care and improving the patient experience, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas hosted a mobile classroom on acute surgical pain management last month, showcasing the developing field.
The On the Road with ON-Q: Post-Operative Pain Education Bus Tour is a mobile classroom that’s traveling to 36 hospitals across the United States. The tour is designed to educate clinicians about the importance of reducing narcotic usage for surgical pain control.
Until recently, post-surgical pain was primarily treated with narcotics, which may cause undesirable side effects: nausea and vomiting, sedation, the risk of dependence and addiction. The ON-Q Pain Relief System (ON-Q) is an elastomeric pain pump, which manages pain by delivering an automatic and continuous flow of local anesthetic through a specially designed catheter near the surgical site.
By reducing the use of narcotics, patients are more likely to experience better pain management and faster recovery times, with patients typically going home an average of 1.1 days sooner.