Welcome to our new pain management forum

  1. Welcome to our new Pain Management forum.

    Please feel free to discuss all topics that are related to pain management.

    We will be moving some topics to this forum that are in other forums currently, if you have any threads that you know of that would fit this forum, please let us know! Thanks
  2. Visit Brian profile page

    About Brian, ADN

    Joined: Mar '98; Posts: 15,432; Likes: 16,403
    allnurses.com founder; from US
    Specialty: 18+ year(s) of experience in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele


  3. by   gwenith
    Here are some weblinks related to pain managment to get our new forum started. As I am not a pain expert so, please let me or any of the other moderators know if any of these links are not appropriate. Conversely you are free to add to this thread any links you would like to share.








  4. by   mags-rn
  5. by   adrienurse
    Woohoo! Now if only we could have a "dealing with crazy co-workers" forum I'd be all set!
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Overview of types of pain management:

    The Management of Postoperative Pain
    World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (England)

    Acute Pain Management in the Perioperative Setting
    ... These guidelines focus on management of acute pain in the perioperative setting for ... to inpatient and outpatient surgery. These guidelines are intended ...

    Acute Pain Management (Clinical Guide)- Gold Standard everyone uses EXTENSIVE INFO
    Clinical Practice Guideline Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedure

    The Oxford Pain Internet Site (England)


    Wake Forest University Pain Index:
    Listing of acute and chronic pain links

    From: University of Michigan Health System

    Pain Information given to all patients
    Adult Information
    Child Information
    Infant Information

    Adult Pain Management Staff Education
    Barriers to Effective Pain Management, assessment tools, equianalgesic conversion charts and definitions/understanding of Addiction, Physical Dependence and Tolerance

    Pediatric Pain Management staff education
    includes recommeded drugs and dosages

    Duragesic Patch Use

    Narcotic Conversion Chart/Pain management algorithims from Hope Hospice

    Pain Meds

    New site with TONS pain links---

    Pain Management for Nurses

    Treatment of Sickle Cell Pain :
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 7, '04
  7. by   florry
    Thank you for this forum: for shearing knowledge and give advice and tips about internet links!

    I think "pain" is a word you can find in every part of NURSING,- either its about a concret pt pain management or we are discussing pain, politics and values.
    Again: I will learn a lot from you!
  8. by   air
    Thanks for getting this forum going. I was ignorant of the idea of CRNA's in pain managment settings. I have a few CRNA's and it so happens that none of them gave me the impression of opportunies to practice that area. Well, this is much welcome news. It only implies and expanded scope of practice. Let it keep expanding.
  9. by   Dave ARNP
    This could turn out to be my favorite place on Allnurses!

    Can't wait to see how things go from here!

    Dave, who's moving his bags in.
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    Thank you for this forum!
    And the links! I have made copies to put in a notebook we have on our unit. I put things on the corkboard until our manager thinks it is time (or there is no more room) then they go into a notebook.

    The following are regarding the responsibility of the RN to assess each patient including the pain assessment.
    Anyone else like me who thinks pain requires an assessment therefore is NOT a "vital sign"?
    The practice of having the "faces" from laughing to crying and having the patient point to how they feel so the unlicensed person can do it seems very unsafe.

    One example was a R/O MI from the ER sent who was actually suffering from appendicitis. The ER doc assumed it was his heart because of a HX of CAD.

    From the California Board of Registered Nursing:

    The California Nurses Association:
  11. by   angelbear
    As a nurse with a chronic and painful condition I am so happy to see this forum. I think there is a tremendous amount we can learn from each other. At leaste that is my hope. There is far to much judgement and lack of knowledge in this area of nursing. Hopefully we can be instruments of change for the better. Yippy long over due.
  12. by   JudyPRN
    I am glad for the opportunity to read experiences with pain management. Angelbear, I also have chronic pain and have always kept my personal experience in mind when dealing with my clients. Now my question; We have been 'burned' on more than one occasion by chemically dependent clients who are drug seeking. We tend to take a patient's word for it that they are in pain. There is little literature on judging the truth of what is and what is not pain. The problem lies in our complicity in continuing a client's addictive behavior, not to mention their habit, while trying to help them get free of their addiction. Would appreciate any comments on this subject. JudyP

  13. by   RN Rotten Nurse
    I think whoever thought of the 0-10 pain scale ought to be shot. It is ssoooooooo inaccurate. Of course pain is subjective but when someone is eating potato chips and drinking a coke their pain can't possible be a 10/10. I have even tried to explain to patients that a 10 is like childbirth or having someone cut off your arm without anesthesia and they'll still say "10"! On the other hand I'll get a man with acute MI and he'll rate his pain as 1 or 2 as his face grimaces and he is diaphoretic. Any other thoughts on the pain scale?
  14. by   angelbear
    Personally if I were to come across someone I thought was a drug seeker I would assume their pain is legit and not being adequetly treated and would advocate to refer to pain specialist. If I suspected a true drug addict I would advocate for a pshyc consult or drug treatment consult. Whatever the case may be the pt deserves appropriate and compassionate care.