Nursing Care During Lidocaine Infusion Therapy for Chronic Pain (1.5 CH – DC)
Author: Kathleen R. Wren, PhD, CRNA
Pain is a universal event, and perianesthesia nurses provide a pivotal role in the assessment, treatment, and management of the physical and emotional responses to pain. Chronic neuropathic pain is particularly resistant to treatment, and patients often present after many failed therapies with multiple co-morbidities and complex medication histories. With more and more perianesthesia nurses involved with chronic pain management, it is imperative they understand the special nursing care needs of patients receiving intravenous lidocaine infusion therapy.