Category Archives: Orthopaedics

Essential knowledge for nurses: Evidence-based non-drug options for pain relief post knee replacement

Drug-Free Interventions to Reduce Pain or Opioid Consumption After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
by Dario Tedesco, MD1,2Davide Gori, MD2Karishma R. Desai, PhD1et al

JAMA Surg. Published online August 16, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2872

It’s important for nurses to keep up to date with evidence-based interventions to help their patients with pain management. Many patients continue to experience high levels of pain post-op, so any new options nurses can incorporate into their pain management strategies have the potential to make an important impact on patient suffering.

In this review the authors sought to answer the following question: Which of the nonpharmacological interventions used for postoperative pain after total knee arthroplasty are effective?

If you want to know the ‘answer’, click here!

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Role for nutrition in enhanced recovery for hip/knee replacement? RCN Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing International Conference

A review of the literature related to the role of nutritional supplementation for an enhanced recovery pathway for hip and knee replacement
by Branney, J*., Wainwright T.W.**, Dyall S.*, Middleton R.G.*
*Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University
**Orthopaedic Research Institute, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Delighted to present this work at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing International Conference and Exhibition, 8-9 September 2016, Cardiff, Wales. Headline? At present, the evidence base does not support the use of nutritional supplementation in enhanced recovery after surgery pathways for hip/knee replacement. To find out more (full size poster), click here.

I’d be delighted to hear from anyone involved with any enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway, particularly in orthopaedics, who has views on this, particularly those who have any practice and/or research experience related to the role of nutrition in ERAS pathways.