As care providers, we are always looking for best practices and methods for assessing and managing patients’ pain. Unfortunately there is no single standard of practice, pain assessment tool, or medication plan that will be universally applicable. Our patients come in all sizes, with varying histories, capabilities, comorbidities, and tolerance to medications.

The Compact Clinical Guide to Acute Pain Management provides an excellent overview of the process of pain management for adult patients in any setting. There are 5 sections in the book, starting with an overview of acute pain, assessing acute pain, medications and treatment for acute pain, advanced pain management techniques, and difficult-to-treat populations.

Each section is divided into 2 to 5 chapters addressing specific topics. For example, the overview of acute pain includes a chapter on Standards, Guidelines, Practice Statements, and The Joint Commission Standard for Acute Pain Management. The section on advanced pain management techniques includes...

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