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  • 1. What Is Pain ? Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage , or described in terms such as damage. *International Association for the Study of Pain
  • 2. Age-specific Pain Expressions
    • People of Different Ages Show Pain in Different Ways
    • A baby might show pain by crying or getting very stiff/rigid
    • A young child might pull away from adults or cry
    • A teenager might not admit pain to other teenagers
    • but might have changes in sleep or eating behavior
    • An adult might tell another adult about the pain,
    • or show decreased movement or changes in posture
    • An older adult might think that being a good patient means
    • not admitting any pain
  • 3. What Do Our Hospitals Do About Patient's Pain?
    • The nurses and doctors assess and reassess each patient's pain
    • The nurses ask each patient in pain to set a goal for themselves,
    • to help us understand what level of pain or discomfort they
    • can accept on that particular day
    • The entire team of professionals who treat the patient
    • understand that patient's pain goal and do their part to assist.
  • 4. Help Decrease Untreated Pain
    • Patients whose pain is not well controlled tend to have a higher risk of complications, such as pneumonia & blood clots.
    • Unrelieved pain may prevent the patient from carrying out normal daily activities and can result in fatigue, depression & anger.
  • 5. Many Patients Do Not Complain About Pain
    • The belief that pain is an expected part of their condition, or the
    • aging process (it is not).
    • Fear of becoming addicted to drugs.
    • The belief that they will bother the staff or be thought of as a
    • complainer.
    • Fear that pain means they will soon die or become disabled.
    • Dementia or confusion may prevent a patient from being able to
    • communicate clearly.
    • If you feel that the person is in pain, Ask!
  • 6. You Can Help
    • Pain is subjective
    • Believe every patient
    • Never judge a patient’s pain
    • Everyone’s responses to pain are different
    • Always remember the most reliable judge of the patient’s pain is the patient.
    • If a patient complains, or has a change in behavior,
    • let the nurse know right away!
  • 7. You’re Important Unrelieved pain has devastating effects on your patients. By being watchful for possible signs of pain & helping the patient to receive quick & effective treatment , you have greatly improved that patient’s health & quality of life. You’re The Best You Can Make a Difference
  • 8. How Well Are We Doing?
    • Are we treating our patient’s pain?
    • Yes, No, Maybe, Sometimes…?
    • Our patients tell us in a survey
    • Your manager knows the results
    • Ask your manager
    • More Info  better treatment