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Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. And no matter how successful or skillfully performed an operation may be it still produces tissue trauma with the release of potential mediators of inflammation and pain.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Pain Assessment and Reassessment
  • Pain Management Options
  • Pharmacologic Management
  • Nonpharmacologic Pain Management
  • The Elderly Patient
  • Institutional Responsibility
  • ConclusionPURPOSE/

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of how to assess pain, and how to use pharmacological and non-pharmacological techniques to help manage the pain.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe methods of pain assessment and reassessment.

  • Describe a pain management plan and state the procedure for developing one.

  • LIst pain management options

  • Describe the non-pharmacologic management of mild post-operative pain.

  • LIst special considerations for pain management in elderly patients.

  • State why the elderly are at risk for undertreatment of pain.

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