Less Pain, More Gain: Principles for Optimizing Postoperative Analgesia

April 22, 2021

There is a large surgical patient population at UPMC Pinnacle due to the variety of surgeries offered at our center including but not limited to cardiac, colorectal, orthopedic, gynecologic, and kidney transplant. Pharmacists are responsible for reviewing patient profiles, assessing medication appropriateness, and optimizing medication regimens. Additionally, pharmacists promote opioid stewardship principles within the institution. Pharmacists often verify orders for postoperative pain medications and collaborate with providers to assess need for postoperative pain management and design optimal pain medication regimens.

Target Audience

Pharmacist

Learning Objectives

Objective #1: Identify risk factors for persistent postoperative pain

Objective #2: Describe key principles for managing postoperative pain

Objective #3: Compare available pharmacologic therapies used for surgical pain management

Objective #4: Evaluate patient-specific factors to guide pain therapy recommendations

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Course opens: 
04/22/2021
Course expires: 
05/22/2021
Event starts: 
04/22/2021 - 4:45pm
Event ends: 
04/22/2021 - 6:00pm

There is a large surgical patient population at UPMC Pinnacle due to the variety of surgeries offered at our center including but not limited to cardiac, colorectal, orthopedic, gynecologic, and kidney transplant. Pharmacists are responsible for reviewing patient profiles, assessing medication appropriateness, and optimizing medication regimens. Additionally, pharmacists promote opioid stewardship principles within the institution. Pharmacists often verify orders for postoperative pain medications and collaborate with providers to assess need for postoperative pain management and design optimal pain medication regimens.

UPMC Pinnacle
Harrisburg, PA
United States

Julie Mandel, PharmD

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This knowledge-based activity provides 1.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
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