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Pain Management in Acute Care

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Pain management requires an individualized plan. Every patient feels and responds to pain differently, and it is critical that pain management strategies for inpatients be tailored to each patient in order to provide adequate pain relief. A variety of analgesics and alternative treatments to assist with pain management are presented. Health clinicians trained in pain treatment strategies that include biopsychosocial factors will be better able to help patients improve in their pain recovery and quality of life.

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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction
II. Types of Pain

1.   Neuropathic Pain
2.   Somatic Pain
3.   Visceral Pain

III. The Assessment of Pain

1.   Location
2.   Duration
3.   Description
4.   Numerical Rating Scale
5.   FACES Rating Scale

IV. Pharmacotherapy

1.   Opioids
2.   Non-opioids
3.   Adjuvants
4.   Epidural Analgesia
5.   Nerve Block

V. Alternative Therapies for Pain Control
VI. Pain Management Case Studies

1. Case Study: Patient Controlled Analgesia
2. Case Study: Chronic Pain Management

VII. Summary


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