How to order postoperative analgesia in an effective and safe way?

Another very important issue in the context of treating postoperative pain is the use of specific pain order sheets. These order sheets should be easy to use as well as provide complete clarity concerning the dosing of the drugs. It has been found valuable to have one specific order sheet for each individual treatment modality (e.g. epidurals, PCA, continuous morphine infusions etc).

Each hospital may want to create their own order sheets that take into consideration the specific factors associated with their service. However, to use as a template or to get inspired by the Departments of Paediatric Anaethesia at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow and at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK, have kindly volunteered their order sheets as excellent examples of how this can be accomplished.

  • Royal Liverpool Children’s Nhs Trust Pain Service Prescription Sheet  
  • Epidural Prescription Chart Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow  
  • Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting. Faculty of Pain Medicine
  • Neonatal & Infant Nurse Controlled Analgesia Prescription Chart Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow
  • Nurse Controlled Analgesia Prescription Chart Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow 
  • Intravenous Ketamine Infusion Prescription Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow 
  • Intravenous Morphine Infusion Prescription Chart Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow