Background: Effective postoperative pain control is an essential component of the care of the surgical patient. Inadequate pain control, apart from being inhumane, may result in increased morbidity or mortality.
Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the patterns of prescription and administration of analgesic drugs used for postoperative pain after abdominal surgery in Alhawari general hospital and to assess the effectiveness of these drugs in relieving the postoperative pain
Materials and Methods: A retrospective study of 100 patients were operated for different abdominal surgery in Alhawari general hospital during the period from 1-01-2013 to 30-04-2013, using different types of drugs for relieving postoperative pain. The analgesic drugs used were assessed in regard to it is effectiveness in relieving the postoperative pain.
Results: The total number of cases were 100 patients, 65 females and 35 males, most of the patients received different types of analgesics drugs, regardless the presence and the severity of the pain.Conclusion: Despite the fact that effective analgesic drugs are available a significant proportion of patients still suffering severe pain during the immediate postoperative period after abdominal surgery. The present study constitutes a reference for the future evaluation of intervention measures aimed at improving the management of postoperative pain.