Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Michael Rieker

Abstract

Multimodal therapy for surgical patients is explified by use of a combination of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and an opioid to control visceral pain by decreasing both inflammation and pain transmission. Perioperative or postoperative use of multimodal therapy has been shown to provide adequate surgical pain relief while decreasing the total dose of opioids required. This project demonstrated that preoperative use of ibuprofen for women undergoing total laparoscopic hysterectomy decreased the total dose of opioids consumed in a 24-hour period, and increased the likelihood of the patient reaching her pain goal target at discharge. This finding adds to the literature support for multimodal therapy by demonstrating the efficacy of preoperative ibuprofen.

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