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Pain is varied and complex that requires an understanding of the source(s), type(s), and severity. Thoracic and cardiac surgery are painful with long recovery times, and alternative pain management strategies are paramount to reduce the opioid epidemic which is a significant concern for healthcare facilities. 

This accredited on-demand webcast features a thorough review on the importance of implementing a multi-modal strategy to pain management from multiple perspectives, and assesses the role of CryoNB for reducing acute and transitional pain after cardiothoracic surgery.

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Claiming Credit: To earn .50 Contact Hours upon viewing the video; access the Claim Credit page, click on the Claim Credit Button, and complete the series of assessment questions within the online credit tracker form. Participants will be able to download or print a certificate once the form has been successfully submitted.

Curriculum Outline

  1. Opioid Epidemic
  2. Common Types of Pain
  3. Pain Sources – Thoracic Surgery
  4. Multimodal Pain Management
  5. Multimodal Analgesia
  6. Science of CryoNB
  7. CryoNB Surgical Case Types


John Edwards DNAP

John M. Edwards III, DNAP, CRNA

Presenter Biography
John M. Edwards III is a DNAP, CRNA who focuses on acute surgical pain management. He received his Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, in Madison, TN in 2021. In 2018, John completed the Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship from the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. John received his Master of Science in Anesthesia from the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in 2002 and his RN/BSN in 1996 from Murray State University.

John is a Co-Founder of Thoroughbred Anesthesia Academy and an adjunct faculty member at the Northern Kentucky University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Additionally, he is an academic liaison for the Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia.

John’s focus is on Patient-Centered care with strong clinical expertise in all facets of direct patient care and care planning. He is highly skilled in assessing and prioritizing patient needs, devising plans of care, and working with healthcare teams to deliver superior patient care. Accomplished in developing policies and procedures positively affecting patient outcomes hospital-wide. He has been instrumental in developing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols for orthopedic, bariatric, breast cancer, colorectal, and both thoracic and general surgery cases that have improved patient outcomes and decreased the length of hospital stay. He Co-founded and Co-directed a hospital based Acute Pain Service that provided nearly 6,000 ultrasound guided regional anesthetics annually. Most recently, John has joined a practice that provides anesthesia and acute surgical pain management for ambulatory orthopedic patients with a focus on outpatient joint replacement. 

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Educational grant support provided by:



MediaSphere Medical, LLC and Ciné-Med


Released: 8/16/2023; Valid for credit through 8/16/2024

Certificate Fulfillment

To earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted above. To receive Contact Hours, you must complete a series of assessment questions within the online credit tracker form. Participants will be able to download or print a certificate once the form has been successfully submitted.

Target Audience

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of healthcare professionals with a clinical interest in management of acute and transitional pain in patients following cardiothoracic Surgery.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review the evolving opioid epidemic in the United States.
  • Discuss the rates of new persistent opioid use after thoracic surgery.
  • Examine the different types of pain after thoracic surgery.
  • Assess the role of multimodal analgesia therapy.
  • Discuss the use of cryoNB for post-op pain management after cardiothoracic surgery.

Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider TMTo support the improvement of patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med. Ciné-Med is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health-care team.

Ciné-Med designates this activity for .50 Contact Hours for Nurses.

Disclosure Policy

MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med adheres to accreditation requirements concerning industry support of continuing medical education. Speakers are required to openly disclose any limitations of data and/or any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentations. Speakers will disclose any relationships at the beginning of their presentations.
All MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med employees in control of content have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

It is the policy of MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med to ensure balance, independent objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its supported educational programs. All faculty members participating in educational activities are required to disclose to the program audience any real of apparent conflicts of interest held within the past 12 months.

MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med implement a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners.

Non Endorsement Statement

MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med verify that sound education principles have been demonstrated in the development of this educational offering as evidenced by the review of its objectives, teaching plan, faculty, and activity evaluation process. MediaSphere Medical and Ciné-Med does not endorse or support the actual opinions or material content as presented by the speaker(s) and/or sponsoring organization.

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MediaSphere Medical, LLC and Ciné-Med


Claim Credit

Claiming Credit:  Please click on the Claim Credit Button below, and complete the series of assessment questions within the online credit tracker form.  You will be able to download or print a Certificate once the form has been successfully submitted.

Accreditation Designation
The educational activity is designated for .50 Contact Hour for Nurses

On-Demand Education


The educational on-demand webcasts provide practical knowledge on fundamental principles of pain management and examine optimal strategies for reducing pain in patients who undergo certain invasive cardiac or thoracic surgical procedures, including the emerging role of Cryo Nerve Block (CryoNB). Select webcasts are accredited for Contact Hours for Nurses

Click on the Titles below to access each activity


The Use of Cryo Nerve Block to Reduce Acute and Transitional Pain after Cardiothoracic Surgery


Cryo Nerve Block as an Opioid-Sparing Pain Management Therapy in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery >>


Pain Management Strategies in Cardiothoracic and Chest Wall Surgery Patients >>

Rationale and Best Practices for Multimodal Analgesia To Manage Post-Thoracotomy Pain >>

Cryoanalgesia Therapy in Pain Management for Pectus Repair: Considerations, Patient Outcomes and Implementation >>