Postoperative analgesia in neonates: an Australia-wide survey

Anaesth Intensive Care. 1989 Nov;17(4):487-91. doi: 10.1177/0310057X8901700416.


An Australia-wide survey of the use of postoperative analgesia in neonates has been conducted. A high overall use of analgesia has been recorded with 75% of respondents prescribing an opioid. The frequency of use of local or regional analgesia was disappointingly low at 8% overall. The general attitude is that analgesia is desirable but a fear of respiratory depression inhibits its use, particularly in non-ventilated neonates and after more minor surgery. It is suggested that a wider use of regional anaesthesia techniques may reduce this problem.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics / administration & dosage*
  • Analgesics, Opioid / administration & dosage*
  • Anesthesia, General*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Fentanyl / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Meperidine / administration & dosage
  • Morphine / administration & dosage
  • Pain, Postoperative / drug therapy*
  • Respiration, Artificial


  • Analgesics
  • Analgesics, Opioid
  • Morphine
  • Meperidine
  • Fentanyl