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Acute Pain recent onset, transient, identifiable cause
Chronic Pain persistent or recurrent pain, beyond usual course of acute illness or injury
Diagnosed or undiagnosed cause such as a nonmalignant disease
Disease present pain severity worsens as progresses
Breakthrough Pain transient pain, severe or excruciating, over baseline of moderate pain
ABC’s of Pain Management Assess pain regulary Believe patients & their families in their reports of pain Choose interventions appropriately Deliver these in a timely fashion Enable/Empower patients & Families to overcome pain no pain mild discomforting horrible excruciating