Alleviating PONV with Acupuncture

The remit of an Acute Pain Service is to relieve post-operative pain after surgery and trauma (Royal College of Surgeons, 1990). Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is one of surgery’s most distressing outcomes and can incur major physical and psychological suffering. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical management of PONV is not always successful, leaving patients distressed and health-care […]

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The State of Obstetric Anaesthesiology

With 20 years’ experience in obstetric anaesthesia behind him, consultant anaesthetist Dr Roshan Fernando from University College Hospital London (UCLH) has seen many changes – mostly for the better. Here, he talks to Pat Hogan about progress in pain relief for mothers, on-going staffing challenges and the fact that he’s busier than ever. During Dr […]

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Controlled Pain, Speedy Recovery

Post-operative pain can be managed effectively using intravenous infusion. Surgery of any kind can be a daunting prospect. But in reality what most people fear most is not the procedure itself – since they are almost always under a general anaesthetic– but the pain that they expect will follow. Post-operative pain may vary from one […]

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