Patti Kastanias

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This study investigates the informational content about postoperative pain and pain management that patients identify as being most important. In a descriptive quantitative study design, a convenience sample of 150 general day surgery patients were surveyed by telephone within 72 h after discharge from a hospital day surgery unit. The survey consisted of 19(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether patient-controlled oral analgesia (PCOA) used by individuals receiving a total knee replacement could reduce pain, increase patient satisfaction, reduce opioid use and/or reduce opioid side effects when compared with traditional nurse (RN)-administered oral analgesia. METHODS Patients who underwent an elective total knee(More)
Pain assessment and management continues to be challenging for many nurses. Single educational interventions have proven to be unsuccessful in knowledge retention. This study will assist leaders in nursing in understanding how a 4-day educational program delivered to self-selected pain resource nurses (PRNs) could improve pain assessment and management(More)
The primary concern of surgical patients is the expected experience of pain. Presently, the standard for acute postoperative pain management is intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). Many authors have reported that patients prefer intravenous PCA to nurse-administered analgesia because it affords them greater control and optimizes their pain(More)
BACKGROUND Bariatric surgery orientation sessions are often the first point of contact and a recommended component of pre-bariatric surgery assessment. Self-removal rates after bariatric program orientation are as high as 25 % despite the proven efficacy of this procedure. The objective of this study was to identify factors contributing to patient(More)
invited speaker: irene Tracey nuffield Professor anaesthetic science & director, oxford centre for fMri of Brain, nuffield department of clinical neurosciences, (head, nuffield division anaesthetics), oxford university, england, uK The ability to experience pain is old and shared across species. It confers an evolutionary advantage and provides a warning of(More)
OBJECTIVES Bariatric surgery is an evidence-based treatment for severe obesity; however, the unique developmental and psychosocial needs of young adults often complicate care and, as yet, are not well understood. We sought to identify themes in young adult patients undergoing bariatric surgery regarding: 1) the psychosocial experiences of obese young adults(More)
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