Perioperative quality and service is an increasing area of focus for hospitals. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols are important processes that many hospitals are implementing to help improve perioperative care—with significant benefits for both healthcare facilities and patients. For some hospitals, multimodal approaches to pain management are becoming the cornerstone of ERAS programs.
Traditionally, postoperative pain has primarily been treated using opioids. Use of opioids as the “mainstay” of pain management can result in psychological addiction and adverse effects, such as nausea and vomiting, sedation, dizziness, constipation and respiratory depression—all of which may delay patient discharge. Multimodal pain management solutions are associated with fewer opioid-related side effects, along with fewer interruptions to physical therapy.