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Lucas Oliveira J E Silva, Kristin Scherber, Daniel Cabrera, Sergey Motov, Patricia J Erwin, Colin P West, M Hassan Murad, M Fernanda Bellolio
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We evaluate the safety and efficacy of intravenous lidocaine in adult patients with acute and chronic pain who are undergoing pain management in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: We searched Ovid CENTRAL, Ovid EMBASE, and Ovid MEDLINE databases for randomized controlled trials and observational studies from inception to January 2017. Efficacy outcomes included reduction in pain scores from baseline to postintervention and need for rescue analgesia...
January 29, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Amber Cragg, Jeffrey P Hau, Stephanie A Woo, Christine Liu, Mary M Doyle-Waters, Corinne M Hohl
BACKGROUND: Opioid addiction prevention has become an urgent public health priority, with several countries declaring a state of emergency due to rising death tolls from opioid abuse. Reducing the risk of developing addiction among opioid-naïve patients exposed to prescribed opioids during the process of medical care may be an important primary prevention strategy. Our objective is to synthesize the available evidence about factors associated with the development of addiction among patients first exposed to prescribed opioids, with a focus on opioid-naïve patients...
December 28, 2017: Systematic Reviews
Eduardo A Garza-Villarreal, Victor Pando, Peter Vuust, Christine Parsons
BACKGROUND: Music is increasingly used as an adjuvant for the management of chronic pain (CP), as it is non-invasive, inexpensive, and patients usually report positive experiences with it. However, little is known about its clinical efficacy in chronic pain patients. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine the effect of music as an adjuvant for chronic pain, as well as to identify characteristics of music interventions associated with positive clinical outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we investigated randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of adult patients that reported any type of music intervention for chronic pain, chosen by the researcher or patient, lasting for any duration...
November 2017: Pain Physician
J Kühnisch, M Daubländer, G Klingberg, A Dougall, M Spyridonos Loizides, E Stratigaki, J L Amar, V Anttonen, M Duggal, S Gizani
BACKGROUND: The European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) proposes this best-practice guidance to help practitioners to decide when and how to use local analgesia to control pain in children, adolescents, and medically compromised individuals during the delivery of oral health care. METHODS: A search of different databases was conducted using all terms relevant to the subject. Relevant papers were identified after a review of their titles, abstracts or full papers...
October 2017: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Oscar Pérez-González, Luis F Cuéllar-Guzmán, José Soliz, Juan P Cata
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The perioperative period is critical in the long-term prognosis of breast cancer patients. The use of regional anesthesia, such as paravertebral block (PVB), could be associated with improvements in long-term survival after breast cancer surgery by modulating the inflammatory and immune response associated with the surgical trauma, reducing opioid and general anesthetic consumption, and promoting cancer cells death by a direct effect of local anesthetics. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted for studies of patients who received PVB for breast cancer surgery...
November 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Tomohiro Yamamoto, Ehrenfried Schindler
General anaesthesia is a balance of hypnosis, amnesia, analgesia, and immobility, including the inhibition of noxious autonomic reflexes. Local anaesthesia implements the latter two elements in a conscious patient. This review article discusses several important aspects of anaesthesia, beginning with basic concepts such as the minimum alveolar concentration and afterwards developing into a discussion about the mechanisms of action of anaesthetics on a cellular level, introducing electrophysiological investigations in the brain to study hypnosis and amnesia, in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord to study analgesia and the inhibition of noxious reflexes, and in the ventral horn of the spinal cord to study immobility, separately...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
Cheryl A Allen, Julius R Ivester
An old anesthetic agent, ketamine is finding new use in lower doses for analgesic purposes. There are concerns stemming from its potential side effects-specifically psychomimetic effects. These side effects are directly related to dose amount. The doses used for analgesic purposes are much lower than those used for anesthesia purposes. A literature review was performed to ascertain potential side effects and/or adverse events when using ketamine for analgesia purposes. The search included CINAHL, PubMed, and Ovid using the search terms "ketamine," "ketamine infusion," "pain," "adverse events," "practice guideline," and "randomized controlled trial...
December 2017: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Jing Wang, Zhi-Yong Peng, Wen-Hai Zhou, Bo Hu, Xin Rao, Jian-Guo Li
BACKGROUND: The management of pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is beneficial for patients and makes it widely applied in clinical practice. Previous studies showed that the clinical practice of PAD in ICU was improving; yet relatively little information is available in China. This study aimed to investigate the practice of PAD in ICUs in China. METHODS: A multicenter, nationwide survey was conducted using a clinician-directed questionnaire from September 19 to December 18, 2016...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
C J Cabilan, Mary Boyde
BACKGROUND: Nurse-initiated medications are one of the most important strategies used to facilitate timely care for people who present to Emergency Departments (EDs). The purpose of this paper was to systematically review the evidence of nurse-initiated medications to guide future practice and research. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted to locate published studies and Grey literature. All studies were assessed independently by two independent reviewers for relevance using titles and abstracts, eligibility dictated by the inclusion criteria, and methodological quality...
May 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
Brian M Bruel, Allen W Burton
OBJECTIVE: The increasing incidence of cancer survivorship has shifted treatment of cancer-related pain from short-term analgesia to long-term chronic pain management. As a result, alternatives to oral analgesics, such as intrathecal therapy, may be beneficial for patients with cancer-related pain. The authors review the use of intrathecal therapy in the management of cancer-related pain. METHODS: The Medline database was searched for English-language articles that included "ziconotide" or "morphine" AND ("cancer" OR "malignant") AND "intrathecal" in title or abstract...
December 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Waldemar Siemens, Carola Xander, Joerg J Meerpohl, Sabine Buroh, Gerd Antes, Guido Schwarzer, Gerhild Becker
BACKGROUND: This is an update of the original Cochrane review published in 2013 (Issue 6). Pruritus occurs in patients with disparate underlying diseases and is caused by different pathologic mechanisms. In palliative care patients, pruritus is not the most prevalent but is one of the most puzzling symptoms. It can cause considerable discomfort and affects patients' quality of life. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of different pharmacological treatments for preventing or treating pruritus in adult palliative care patients...
November 16, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Min Xie, Xiang-Kui Li, Yu Peng
OBJECTIVE: Previous systematical reviews showed that systemic magnesium decreased postoperative pain and reduced morphine use without any reported serious adverse effects in adults. However, studies in children yielded different results. So we conducted a systematic review to evaluate the impact of magnesium sulfate on postoperative complications in children undergoing tonsillectomies. METHODS: The PubMed, EMbase via OVID, CENTRAL, and WHO ICTRP were searched to identify randomized controlled trials that addressed the effect of magnesium for postoperative pain, agitation, and complications in children undergoing tonsillectomies...
February 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Medicine
Bettina S Husebo, Wilco Achterberg, Elisabeth Flo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Pain in patients with Alzheimer's disease is a complex issue; these patients suffer from the common causes of acute and chronic pain, and some also have neuropathic or nociceptive pain. Whatever the mechanism of pain in these patients, their pain will require careful assessment and management, to insure the correct type and level of analgesia is given. The objective of this systematic review was the identification of studies that have investigated the efficacy of different analgesics on pain intensity or pain-related behavior during nursing home stay and at the end of life...
June 2016: CNS Drugs
Kelly Madden, Philippa Middleton, Allan M Cyna, Mandy Matthewson, Leanne Jones
BACKGROUND: This review is one in a series of Cochrane reviews investigating pain management for childbirth. These reviews all contribute to an overview of systematic reviews of pain management for women in labour, and share a generic protocol. This review updates an earlier version of the review of the same title. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effectiveness and safety of hypnosis for pain management during labour and childbirth. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (30 September 2015) and the reference lists of primary studies and review articles...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Brian M Bruel, Allen W Burton
OBJECTIVE: The increasing incidence of cancer survivorship has shifted treatment of cancer-related pain from short-term analgesia to long-term chronic pain management. As a result, alternatives to oral analgesics, such as intrathecal therapy, may be beneficial for patients with cancer-related pain. The authors review the use of intrathecal therapy in the management of cancer-related pain. METHODS: The Medline database was searched for English-language articles that included "ziconotide" or "morphine" AND ("cancer" OR "malignant") AND "intrathecal" in title or abstract...
April 28, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
R Baron, A Binder, N Attal, R Casale, A H Dickenson, R-D Treede
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. This paper reviews the available literature on the role of neuropathic mechanisms in chronic LBP and discusses implications for its clinical management, with a particular focus on pharmacological treatments. DATABASES AND DATA TREATMENT: Literature searches were performed in PubMed, key pain congresses and ProQuest Dialog to identify published evidence on neuropathic back pain and its management...
July 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Luise Jessen Lundorf, Helene Korvenius Nedergaard, Ann Merete Møller
BACKGROUND: Acute postoperative pain is still an issue in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Postoperative pain and side effects of analgesic treatment, in particular those of opioids, need to be minimized. Opioid-sparing analgesics, possibly including dexmedetomidine, seem a promising avenue by which to improve postoperative outcomes. OBJECTIVES: Our primary aim was to determine the analgesic efficacy and opioid-sparing effect of perioperative dexmedetomidine for acute pain after abdominal surgery in adults...
February 18, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Sandhya Maharaj, Richard Harding
BACKGROUND: Palliative care provision is expanding in low and middle income countries. Services are developing in the Caribbean in response to the region's ageing population, the significant burden of cancer, non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS. Appraisal of the existing evidence on palliative care needs, models of care, interventions and outcomes in the Caribbean is essential to inform emerging practice and future research. METHODS: Systematic review and narrative synthesis...
2016: BMC Palliative Care
Jenny Hole, Martin Hirsch, Elizabeth Ball, Catherine Meads
BACKGROUND: Music is a non-invasive, safe, and inexpensive intervention that can be delivered easily and successfully. We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess whether music improves recovery after surgical procedures. METHODS: We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of adult patients undergoing surgical procedures, excluding those involving the central nervous system or head and neck, published in any language. We included RCTs in which any form of music initiated before, during, or after surgery was compared with standard care or other non-drug interventions...
October 24, 2015: Lancet
Stuart Pinson
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the efficacy of fascia iliaca block for providing analgesia for adults with proximal femoral fractures when compared with standard management. The potential for non-medical practitioners to deliver this block was also assessed. METHOD: Medline and CINAHL were searched, as were the reference lists from located articles. The title was reviewed and eligibility determined by this and abstract. The full text was then reviewed. A wide range of papers were included...
October 2015: International Emergency Nursing
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