Society for ambulatory anesthesia guidelines for the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting

Tong J. Gan, Tricia A. Meyer, Christian C. Apfel, Frances Chung, Peter J. Davis, Ashraf S. Habib, Vallire D. Hooper, Anthony L. Kovac, Peter Kranke, Paul Myles, Beverly K. Philip, Gregory Samsa, Daniel I. Sessler, James Temo, Martin R. Tramèr, Craig Vander Kolk, Mehernoor Watcha

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The present guidelines were compiled by a multidisciplinary international panel of individuals with interest and expertise in postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) under the auspices of The Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia. The panel critically 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. In brief, these guidelines identify risk factors for PONV in adults and children; recommend approaches for reducing baseline risks for PONV; identify the most effective antiemetic monotherapy and combination therapy regimens for PONV prophylaxis; recommend approaches for treatment of PONV when it occurs; and provide an algorithm for the management of individuals at increased risk for PONV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1615-1628
Number of pages14
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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