New Guidelines for Surgical Patients with Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV)

    By: Kate Maude on Jan 02, 2014

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    New Guidelines for Surgical Patients with Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV)


    (Chicago, IL, January 2, 2014) – New guidelines from the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) provide an evidence-based reference tool for the management of surgical patients who are at increased risk for post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV).

    “PONV is a common symptom for patients following surgery, and can cause significant discomfort and delay a patient’s discharge from the hospital,” said Tong J. Gan, MD, MHS, FRCA, Professor of Anesthesiology, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center.  “The primary goal of the new guidelines is to provide current and comprehensive information to health care providers about effective strategies to prevent and treat PONV in adults and children undergoing surgery,” according to Dr. Gan.

      The new guidelines were compiled by a multidisciplinary international panel of individuals with interest and expertise in PONV under the auspices of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia; they are the only set of multidisciplinary PONV guidelines.  Endorsed by 13 other international professional societies, including the American, European, Chinese, South African and Malaysian Societies of Anesthesiology, the new guidelines are an update on the two previous sets of guidelines published in 2003 and 2007.

    The guidelines include new information on PONV risk factors; a risk scoring system for post-discharge nausea and vomiting; new strategies to improve effectiveness by combining anti emetics; non-pharmacological options including acupuncture; and recommendations on how to implement effective PONV management strategies

    For a complete copy of the PONV guidelines, visit the SAMBA website here.  Note: only SAMBA members can access the full practice guidelines. 

    About SAMBA

    Founded in 1985, the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) is one of the fastest growing anesthesia organizations, responding to the education and research needs of perioperative physicians practicing ambulatory anesthesia. The goals of the Society are to advance the practice of ambulatory anesthesia in all ambulatory venues; encourage high ethical and professional standards by fostering and encouraging education and research; and provide professional guidance for the practice of ambulatory anesthesia.  


    Released: January 2, 2014, 2:34 pm | Updated: January 2, 2014, 2:36 pm
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