- Yentis, S. M.
- Hirsch, Nicholas
- Smith, G. Barry
- Critical care medicine
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- Previous ed.: 2000.
- Entries arranged alphabetically, with some related subjects grouped together to make coverage of these easier. A-Z of Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Terminology (i.e. Abdominal decompression + definition - Zone of risk + definition). Typical entry: Pain Clinic. Outpatient clinic run by consultants (usually anaesthetists) with a special interest in the management of chronic pain. Developed from the 1950s. Its role includes diagnosis of the underlying condition and management directed at reducing subjective pain experiences, reducing drug consumption, increasing levels of normal activity and restoring quality of life. Requires appropriate facilities for consultation, and performance of nerve blocks and surgical procedures. Anaesthetists, physicians, psychologists, and neurologists may be involved. Primary referrals to the clinic are usually from general practitioners or hospital consultants. Swerdlow M (1992). Anaesthesia; 47:977-80 See also, Pain management.
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