Head of Department of Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care, Regional Hospital of Tomáš Baťa, Zlín, Czech Republic
Interactive educational algorithm „Analgesia in private practise“ is an excellent example of a perfectly managed modern treatment of common algic syndromes in practitioners´ambulance. The team of authors presents a real model situation, which will contribute to the teaching of pain more than just studying books. Both questions and answers represents the typical decision-making situations, where every good doctor who means the pain treatment seriously was. Precisely processed incorrect answers represent the most common mistakes and wrong decisions in the first line pain management. I really want to say “Finally!”. The only mistake of presented algorithm is that it is still only one.
Treatment of acute pain is one of the main components of modern perioperative patient care. It is not only ethical with an impact on patient satisfaction, but also prevents a negative effect on the functions of many organ systems. Modern trends in the treatment of postoperative pain prefer opioid-free analgesic procedures, especially targeted regional analgesia and multimodal non-opioid analgesia. The presented algorithm presents a clinically accurate presentation of the perioperative analgesia method, and interactively comments on the key points in the decision-making process. It also presents possible complications of analgesia in thoracotomy and their solution. The algorithm leads the student in an illustrative and educational way to a rational modern analgesic practice.
Modern approaches of multimodal analgesic treatment are one of the must-haves of good clinical practice in anesthesiology. The educational algorithm for the treatment of pain after thoracotomy allows students to practically verify their knowledge and level of insight into the issue of post-operative acute pain. The authors describe in an attractive, illustrative way, how the anesthesiologist makes up the management of postoperative pain and how he considers and solves possible complications. I recommend this algorithm as an attractive educative medium, which excellently complements the usual teaching materials.