Sept 3, 2003
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The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Pain and Comfort Guideline and Resource Manual

Cherry Hill, NJ – September 3, 2003 – The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Pain and Comfort Guideline and Resource Manual is scheduled for publication and dissemination in the October issue of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing (JoPAN).

The Pain and Comfort Guideline and Resource Manual will be the “gold standard” of care in healthcare institutions in the United States and around the world.  The Guideline provides detailed information for perianesthesia nurses to utilize in assessing and managing their patients’ pain and comfort.  The Resource Manual includes pain and comfort competencies for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.  It will serve as an effective reference for managers to measure outcomes of care no matter the size of the institution.  From the small rural hospital that may have few resources, to the university and network settings with vast available resources, all perianesthesia nurses will find the Guideline and Resource Manual useful and pertinent.

Because all healthcare professionals have an ethical responsibility to provide attentive analgesic care for their patients, representatives from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), ASPAN, and ASPAN leaders provided their expertise in pain and comfort, guideline creation, validity, and reliability in a collaborative effort to bring the Guideline and Resource Manual to fruition.  The Guideline was validated, and pilot tested at hospitals across the country.  The Resource Manual will have a patient teaching guide in English and Spanish, as well as a clinician pocket reference that will be published.

Kevin G. Dill, ASPAN Chief Executive Officer said, “The priority focus of this Guideline is to enhance the care provided by bedside nurses in all perianesthesia settings.  The ASPAN Pain and Comfort Management Mission Statement; of being committed to ensuring the patients’ rights to pain relief and comfort management, through education, research-based standards, measurable outcomes and promotion of patient advocacy, is our true belief, and we hope that this Guideline and Resource Manual will promote further research, and guideline development on pain and comfort”.

ASPAN represents the interests of over 49,000 perianesthesia nurses throughout the United States and across the globe.  The mission of the society is to advance nursing practice through public and professional education, research and standards of practice.

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