It's impossible to get through a single shift in the ICU without encountering several patients experiencing pain. Controlling pain is easy – but controlling pain while limiting collateral side-effects can be a challenge. Anesthesiologists have pioneered the best approaches here, which often involve multimodal combinations of various medications carefully titrated to effect. Although intensivists may be late to the party, we can nonetheless still learn from the practice and evidence of anesthesiologists, to optimize pain management among critically ill patients.
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