Pain Management What is pain? One of the most common reasons people seek healthcare One of the most widely under-treated health problems Pathophysiology A sensation caused by some type of noxious stimulation A pattern of responses that function to protect the individual from harm
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This is a line 10 cm. long (about 4 inches) that is divided into ten divisions. Patients are asked to show the amount of pain on a 1-10 scale.
Researchers say that patients cannot function with a scale with more than ten points.
This mnemonic is devised to show the steps in pain assessment:
Management must be timely,
and bring the pain to an acceptable level of tolerance
Must be individualized
SEVERE PAIN: Keep giving mild pain medication and add a strong opioid such as morphine or Fentanyl
Keep giving mild pain
medication and add a mild
Opioid such as codeine
Controversial use of an inactive substance to satisfy the demand for medication
Pain control without using medications