Quote from coffeeluvinRN
Just wondering if anyone else had any comments regarding their practices for CABG patients? Looking if any hospital takes into consideration gender (regardless of the drug of choice)????
No. That is a silly notion...at first glance.
However...in my experience (which is unequivocally non-scientific)...having observed innumerable patients....
Little frail old-ladies seem to handle post-op CABG pain MUCH BETTER than younger men...in general...for whatever reasons...
And...although the studies/theories you mention are surely well done and fancy, i think it's less to do with how they metabolize morphine...and more to do with other less scientific things...probably suited more to psycho-social-babble than to physiology... But, thats my opinion.
A quick last 3 point from me...
1) I dont think you'll ever see anyone/institution take the idea of different pain-control policies for different genders seriously. Ever. Silly i think. Pain is pain...and pain control is individualized...regardlessof sex, race, etc. (why not look into pain control between races? Eye colors?, etc... obvious slippery-slope you're exploring...)
2) It IS a GREAT idea for a research-type project for nursing-school...full of stuff to talk about and hypothesize about and ponder...till you're blue in the face.
3) Did i mention old-ladies oddly seem to handle pain better than younger men?