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Analgesia for patients with neurological disease

Musk, G. and Raisis, A. (2012) Analgesia for patients with neurological disease. In: Platt, S. and Garosi, L., (eds.) Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Manson Publishing Ltd, London, pp. 557-569.

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Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or expressed in terms of such damage. Recognition of the presence of pain and assessment of the severity of pain are essential for optimal management and are integral steps towards appropriate treatment of pain in animals with (and without) neurological disease. Poorly managed pain is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality, has adverse welfare implications and delays the return to normal function. Good pain management relies on regular pain assessment and includes the administration of analgesic drugs.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Manson Publishing Ltd
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