Fewer patients have serious post-op pain, study says
A study found 39% of patients in 2014 reported notable pain two weeks after inpatient surgery, compared with 63% in 2003, according to Rush University Medical Center researchers. The study found little change during that period in the percentage of patients who did not have any pain after surgery or patient satisfaction with pain medications. HealthDay News
U.S. anesthesia complication rate declines, data show
An analysis of data from more than 3.2 million cases involving anesthesia from 2010 to 2013 found that the complication rate decreased from 11.8% to 4.8%. Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center told an American Society of Anesthesiologists conference that the mortality rate remained steady, and that patients above age 50 were most likely to experience serious complications. HealthDay News
Present your poster to over 800 pain science professionals
APS is accepting poster abstracts for presentation at the 2015 AP Annual Scientific Meeting. Each poster abstract must be original research and have a specific theme in order to be accepted. Accepted poster authors will present at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, May 13-16. Primary authors will be notified of their abstract's status in late December/early January. All accepted abstracts will be published in The Journal of Pain, the official journal of APS. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, Nov. 21. Learn more.
Receive one of APS's highest honors
The American Pain Society's Clinical Centers of Excellence award program is accepting applications. The CCOE program recognizes programs or services that exemplify the delivery of outstanding clinical care. Any U.S.-based multidisciplinary clinical program, regardless of size, that focuses on the treatment of pain in a clinical care or academic setting is encouraged to apply. Selection of awardees will be based on judgment of the quality of services provided and not size of program. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, Nov. 21. Learn more.
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