2020 Developing Countries Pain Education Grant

A Multidisciplinary Peri-operative Pain Prevention and Management Education for Surgical Patients, Nurses, Surgeons and Anaesthetists in Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria – Nigeria

Acute postoperative pain is common among surgical patients. Literature documents that 80% or more of surgical patients suffer from acute pain. In an audit the research team conducted in 2019 at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, a 776 bedded tertiary hospital in Nigeria, the team found that about 80% of the 147 adult and pediatric patients that had surgery during the period of review did not receive any form of pain treatment before surgery. During surgery the 36% of patients that had regional anesthesia did not receive additional pain medication intra-operatively. Furthermore, they discovered that postoperatively 18% of patients in the surgical wards were not given additional pain treatment apart of what they received intra-operatively on the first day. Medications used for pain treatment were paracetamol, pentazocine and diclofenac. There was negligible use of potent opioids such as fentanyl and morphine. The data demonstrates inadequate pain management and this grant aims to train healthcare professionals on types of pain, methods of pain assessment, and the modalities of peri-operative pain management in order to provide better patient care.  

About the Organizer:

Dr. Saidu Yusuf Yakubu, MBBS, DA, FWACS is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Anaesthetist at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)/Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria, Nigeria. He has been the Head of Anaesthesia in ABU/ABUTH Zaria since 2017. Dr. Yakubu is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). His interests lie in Pain Management, Blood Transfusion and Critical Care.