The use of "as-needed" range orders for opioid analgesics in the management of acute pain: A consensus statement of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and the American Pain Society

Debra B. Gordon, June Dahl, Peggy Phillips, Jan Frandsen, Charlene Cowley, Roxie L. Foster, Perry G. Fine, Christine Miaskowski, Scott M Fishman, Rebecca S. Finley

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Abstract

The use of "as needed" or "PRN" range orders for opioid analgesics in the management of acute pain is a common clinical practice. This approach provides flexibility in dosing to meet individual patients' unique analgesic requirements. Range orders enable necessary and safe dose adjustments based on an individual's response to treatment. The purpose of this paper is to present the consensus statement of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and the American Pain Society on the use of "as-needed" range orders for opioid analgesics in the management of acute pain. The implementation of this statement should promote quality pain management through safe medication practices and the appropriate use of range orders for opioid analgesics in acute pain management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalPain Management Nursing
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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