Consensus guidelines for the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting

Tong J. Gan, Pierre Diemunsch, Ashraf S. Habib, Anthony Kovac, Peter Kranke, Tricia A. Meyer, Mehernoor Watcha, Frances Chung, Shane Angus, Christian C. Apfel, Sergio D. Bergese, Keith A. Candiotti, Matthew Tv Chan, Peter J. Davis, Vallire D. Hooper, Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan, Paul Myles, Greg Nezat, Beverly K. Philip, Martin R. Tramèr

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The present guidelines are the most recent data on postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and an update on the 2 previous sets of guidelines published in 2003 and 2007. These 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. The panel members critically and systematically evaluated the current medical literature on PONV to provide an evidence-based reference tool for the management of adults and children who are undergoing surgery and are at increased risk for PONV. These guidelines identify patients at risk for PONV in adults and children; recommend approaches for reducing baseline risks for PONV; identify the most effective antiemetic single therapy and combination therapy regimens for PONV prophylaxis, including nonpharmacologic approaches; recommend strategies for treatment of PONV when it occurs; provide an algorithm for the management of individuals at increased risk for PONV as well as steps to ensure PONV prevention and treatment are implemented in the clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-113
Number of pages29
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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