This learning program is designed to introduce you to the management of pain. Pain is a broad term used to describe an experience that everyone can relate to and that is the most common reason for patients to seek medical attention. Pain is a complex phenomenon, and pain perception can differ widely among individuals. The Understanding Pain Management program describes how pain is assessed and managed in the clinical setting. It explains commonly used pain measurement tools and lists pharmacological treatment options, including different analgesic therapies.
Upon completion of this learning program, you will be able to::
- Describe how health care professionals evaluate the cause, severity, and nature of pain.
- List commonly used tools that evaluate pain.
- List issues surrounding the clinical management of pain.
- Describe the mechanism of action, clinical use, and safety profile of the 3 drug classes commonly used to treat pain
L EARNING OBJECTIVES
CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF PAIN
PAIN ASSESSMENT TOOLS AND SCALES
ONE-DIMENSIONAL PAIN INTENSITY SCALES
MULTIDIMENSIONAL PAIN ASSESSMENT TOOLS
ASSESSING PAIN IN PATIENTS WITH COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES
ASSESSING PERIOPERATIVE PAIN
ASSESSING SEDATION IN ICU PATIENTS
Mechanism of Action of NSAIDs
Mechanism of Action of Acetaminophen
Clinical Use of Non-opioid Analgesics
Safety Profile of Non-opioid Analgesics
Mechanism of Action of Opioid Analgesics
Clinical Use of Opioid Analgesics
5.5. POP QUIZ
Mechanisms of Action
Clinical Use of Antiepileptics, Antidepressants, and Corticosteroids
Clinical Use of Local Anesthetics
TEST YOUR ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE
END OF PROGRAM