Start Here: Pain Management Resources

  1. understanding pain management:
    use these links to help understand types of pain and improve pain management.

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    for review and possible inclusion in list.

    pain scales:
    the comparative pain scale

    american society for pain management nursing
    the american society for pain management nursing's mission is to advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practice. this is accomplished through education, standards, advocacy, and research.

    what is pain:

    avoiding misconceptions in pain management
    one main reason for this undertreated pain is the existence of several myths and misconceptions regarding pain management. goal of this summary to dispel these myths and misconceptions.
    free registration required.

    nursing2002 study reveals nurses know pain but not narcotics

    city of hope's pain management resources
    multiple educational articles, books and publications listed

    algorithm for pain assessment and management
    ahrq: government guidelines for acute and chronic pain:
    assessment and management of acute pain assessment algorithm
    pain, chronic; assessment and management of (guideline)

    narcotic analgesic dosage conversion chart

    nifty tool: narcotic analgesic converter


    acute pain:

    chronic pain:

    from mayo clinic:

    chronic pain: when no physical cause can be found

    [color=#333366]antidepressants: another weapon against chronic pain

    complex regional pain syndrome

    keep a journal
    keeping a journal can help you track your pain management progress and determine the therapies or activities that seem most helpful.

    medication management:

    otc (over the counter)
    * otc pain relievers: which ones are right for you?

    otc pain reliever guide: compare before choosing
    * nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids)
    * cox-2 inhibitors
    * acetaminophen
    * topical medications
    * opioids (narcotics)
    * tramadol
    * [color=#333366]tricyclic antidepressants
    * antiseizure medications
    * injections

    harvard's pain management service
    pain syndromes exist for which specific therapies are indicated and have been shown to have significant benefit in the literature. extensive treatment algorithms for basically all painful conditions as listed by the international association for the study of pain (iasp) diagnosis coding system was developed to standardize pain treatments, and enable outcomes to be tracked by diagnosis.

    univ michigan: adult pain management staff education

    pediatric pain management: infants to teens

    top 10 things you need to know about pediatric pain management:

    from donna wong rn, faan--wong on web added 4/24/2006

    principles of pharmacologic pain management in infants and children:

    the 6 rights to relief

    cries: neonatal postoperative pain scale

    [color=#12579f]meeting the challenge of pediatric pain management ceu added 4/20/2008
    the purpose of this course is to inform nurses about the historical difficulties surrounding pediatric pain management, propose pharamacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments, and discuss complexities involved in various pediatric pain management cases.

    palliative care:

    an approach to pain management in palliative care

    the programs
    module 1 pathophysiology of pain and pain assessment (1 credit)

    publications: added 9/06

    core curriculum for pain management nursing
    st. marie, b., & american society of pain management nurses. (2002)

    Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management, 1e
    Chris Pasero MS RN-BC FAAN, Margo McCaffery MS RN-BC FAAN
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  3. by   VickyRN
    free professional article:

    drug watch 2006: pain relievers

    after reading this article, you should be able to:
    1. discuss the newer and lesser known drugs for managing pain.
    2. compare and contrast the most frequently used nonopioid and opioid analgesics.
    3. identify two analgesics that are currently being investigated.
  4. by   VickyRN
    [font=arial, helvetica]pain management nursing: scope and standards of practice
    written in collaboration with the american society for pain management nursing [font=arial, helvetica]
    [font=arial, helvetica]while pain management is best known in cancer, palliative, and end of life care, pain is also the nursing diagnosis most often used. nurses who specialize in this interdisciplinary area work to optimize patient pain relief, function, and quality of life of the patient.
    this book contains the standards of care and professional practice and their measurement criteria for both general and advanced practice, and describes the practice characteristics, settings and roles along with education and certification requirements pain management nursing. indexed. 2005/48 pp.

    [font=arial, helvetica]pub# 05sspm.
    list $16.95/ ana member $13.45 [font=verdana, arial, helvetica]

    nursingworld | nurses online bookstore: ana nursing standards
  5. by   VickyRN
    The Use of ‘As-Needed’ Range Orders for Opioid Analgesics in the Management of Acute Pain

    The use of “as-needed” or “PRN” range orders for opioid analgesics in the management of acute pain is a common clinical practice. This approach provides flexibility in dosing to meet individual patients’ unique analgesic requirements. Range orders enable necessary and safe dose adjustments based on an individual’s response to treatment. This paper presents the consensus statement of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and the American Pain Society on the use of “as-needed” range orders for opioid analgesics in the management of acute pain.
  6. by   VickyRN
    more resources:

    [font='times new roman']nsaids
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    [font='times new roman']learning the essentials of epidural anesthesia

    find out how this technique manages pain and make sure you know your patient-care responsibilities before and after catheter insertion.
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  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    american society for pain management nursing

    pain management in patients with addictive disease (pdf)

    patients with addictive disease have the right to be treated with respect and to receive the same quality of pain management as all other patients. providing this care addresses the potential for increased drug use or relapse associated with unrelieved pain. nurses are in an ideal position to advocate and intervene for these patients across all treatment setting