Intravenous Lidocaine: An Adjunct Treatment of Operative Pain

Baggelaar-Reyes, Cindy
Maupin, Rebecca
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The purpose of this scholarly project was to assess the knowledge and understanding of intravenous lidocaine use as an adjunct to treatment of acute operative pain in the Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNA’s) enrolled at Adventist University of Health Sciences. It is imperative for SRNA’s to be cognizant of the side effects of opiate administration and establish proficiency in alternative pain treatment modalities. A literature review was conducted and demonstrated that lidocaine reduces patient’s need for narcotics as treatment for post-operative pain and therefore reduces the amount of unwanted side effects resulting from narcotics by decreasing the quantity of narcotics used. The goal of this scholarly review was to increase the SRNA's awareness in the multimodal treatment of operative pain. Education was presented to SRNA's enrolled at Adventist University's Nurse Anesthesia program on October 5, 2017. A PowerPoint presentation was conducted as a formal educational presentation. Pre and post-tests underwent statistical analysis, a t-test for paired samples was conducted to analyze the data. The obtained t value (-11.275, p < .001) achieved statistical significance. Therefore, it can be concluded that the Power Point presentation was effective in increasing the SRNA’s knowledge in the use of intravenous Lidocaine in the treatment of perioperative pain.
Lidocaine, pain management, opiate, narcotic, analgesia, multimodal