Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia guidelines for the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting

Anesth Analg. 2007 Dec;105(6):1615-28, table of contents. doi: 10.1213/01.ane.0000295230.55439.f4.


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.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / standards*
  • Anesthesia / methods
  • Anesthesia / standards*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting / prevention & control
  • Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting / therapy*
  • Risk Factors
  • Societies, Medical / standards*