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1 Managing Pain in Our Patients Pat Volker, RN, BSNJune 2007The objectives of this program are
2 Program Objectives Define pain Discuss the concept of attentive analgesic careList the 7 standards of pain assessmentIdentify the elements of a pain reassessmentDiscuss the appropriate use of the FACES, PAINAD, and CRIES pain scalesThese objectives are the core of the newest pain management policy that is being introduced. Adherence to the pain management policy is a responsibility for every nurseThe standards in the new pain policy are based upon clear and convincing evidence in pain management.
3 Program Objectives Identify required documentation for pain care Discuss emergency management of over sedationIdentify the components of patient/family education and involvement in pain managementRecognize age-specific indications of pain
4 Patient Scenario #1Andrew is 17 years old and this is his first day after abdominal surgery. As you enter his room , he smiles at you and continues talking and joking with his visitor. Your assessment reveals:BP 120/80, HR-80, R-18.He rates his pain as “8” on a 1-10 scale.What would you document Andrew’s pain level as?Ask attendees to mark pain rating on their handoutAndrew’s pain level is 8.
5 Patient Scenario #2Robert is 14 years old and this is his first day after abdominal surgery. As you enter his room, he is lying quietly in bed and grimaces as he turns. Your assessment reveals:BP 120/80, HR-80, R-18.He rates his pain as “8” on a 1-10 scale.What would you document Robert’s pain level as?McCaffery and Pasaro1999Ask attendees to mark pain rating on their handoutPoint out that both patients should be assessed as “8” as they self reported.. This is a good exercise to point out that not all patient express their pain in the same way and that we MUST accept and treat the patient self report.Robert’s pain level is 8.
6 Patient Scenario # 3Elise is a 6 year old post appendectomy. She complains of “bad” pain at her incision-”it hurts a lot”. The TV is on and she is playing a video game with her dad. Your assessment reveals:BP 90/55, HR-100, R-20.She rates her pain as “8” on a 1-10 scale.What would you document Elise’s pain level as?McCaffery and Pasaro1999Ask attendees to mark pain rating on their handoutPoint out that all 3 patients should be assessed as “8” as they self reported.. This is a good exercise to point out that not all patient express their pain in the same way and that we MUST accept and treat the patient self report.Elise’s pain level is 8.
7 Pain Why we care……. Unrelieved pain impacts: Healing Increases HR and BPDecreases cough which can lead to respiratory complicationsCan cause urinary retentionDecreases GI motilityCan cause immune system depressionLeads to sleeplessness, confusion and depression
8 Pain Why we care……. Unrelieved pain impacts: - Length of stay - Patient compliance- Patient satisfactionCan be impacted by complications such as pneumonia and phlebitisRegimes such as coughing and deep breathing, exercise and getting out of bed may be diminished due to painPatient’s may feel their pain management regimes were ignored or their complaints of pain were not believed.
9 Pain - What is it?Pain is…Anything the patient says it is and exists whenever the patient says it does.Pain is personal and subjective by its very nature. Pain is complex and cannot easily be described.Patients own report of pain should be accepted, respected and acted upon.Research shows that when HCP do not obtain pain ratings from patients, the HCP is likely to underestimate the pain( especially when moderate to severe)Study shows that nurses consistently documented lower pain ratings than were reported by post operative patients.Many times nurses disbelieve patients reports of pain because of the patient behavior (more about that later)We need to all make sure that our own experience /bias regarding pain is not reflected in the pain management we provide to our patients
10 Pain - What is it? Pain is personal and subjective. The patient’s own report of pain should be accepted, respected and acted upon.Research has shown that healthcare providers underestimate pain if they do not obtain pain ratings from the patient.
11 Pain - What is it?Be very careful that your own experiences/biases regarding pain do not influence the pain management you provide to your patients!!!
12 Attentive Analgesic Care What is it?An appropriate and timely systematic approach used by healthcare providers to monitor and assess pain. This process includes assessing pain and managing patients to prevent, identify and treat pain. It also includes evaluating outcomes of pain relieving interventions.Attentive analgesic care does not mean that all patients will be pain free or even meet their goal for pain relief. It DOES mean that patients will be asked to rate pain intensity and their rating will be respected,analgesics and other pain relieving measure will be instituted,HCP will evaluate pain relief obtained from measure taken and modify pain care plan as necessary to improve pain management.Failure to provide attentive analgesic care can be taken to court. In 2001 a California jury awarded FOR a patient family. The case involved an 85 year old cancer patient with consistently reported pain scores of “ 7 or higher” despite the ordered analgesia.The patients pain intensity score actually increased while he was hospitalized for pain control.Ex#2 Recently, a WNY woman underwent orthopedic surgery and her comment was that it was excruciating . Her MD did not believe in ordering PCA therapy as he had 2 previous patients who had respiratory depression. She suffered in unrelieved pain for her admission, reporting it to staff and still having no relief.This does not mean we can guarantee patients they will never be in pain. It does mean that we will have them rate their pain, will act on that, will evaluate our interventions and will modify our plan to improve pain management.
13 Legal Aspects of Pain Management Consider the following:An elderly patient with terminal, metastatic prostate cancer was admitted to a nursing home with an order for opioid analgesia to manage his pain. The supervising nurse refused to give it because she believed it would lead to addiction. The family filed a lawsuit as they were distraught over their loved one’s painful death. The jury awarded $7.5 million for several months of unnecessary suffering and another $7.5 million in punitive damages.The defendants in the case were the nurse and the nursing home.
14 Legal Aspects of Pain Management An 85 year old man with terminal lung cancer was admitted to the hospital in severe pain. His pain level was documented as 7 – 10 for 5 days. He was discharged to home with hospice care (with a documented pain level of 10 at discharge). A hospice nurse secured a prescription for morphine which brought his pain under control. He died shortly thereafter. Legal action was undertaken by the family. The jury awarded $1.5 million citing that the failure to manage the pain was elder abuse.The defendants in this case were the physician and the hospital.
15 What message are you giving your patients and their family? Pain Where we are……What message are you giving your patients and their family?Are you saying you are concerned about their pain and want to do everything you can to help manage it?ORAre you saying, “It’s not time for your next dose of pain medication” and not seeking further relief?Are you administering the ordered dose for moderate pain when the patient is complaining of severe pain?
16 Pain …. Where we need to be What does the Joint Commission say?As of 2001 pain standards require:Pain assessments that are age appropriateTreatment or referral for treatment for patients in painInitial pain assessmentsAssessment of pain with vital signs and with known pain producing proceduresReassessment of pain following interventionsDocumentation of pain educationThe JCAHO standards clearly identify pain management as an issue to be addresses. During this program, as we discuss the newest KH standard of care for pain management and assessment, the JCAHO will be addressed.AHCPR guidelines for pain management are from the early 1990s and we are still not managing pain according to these clinical practice guidelines.Legally, patient’s and families can hold professionals accountable to these clinical practice guidelines.
17 Pain Assessment and Management RN RoleAssess, plan, intervene, and evaluate patient care related to painProvide patient education related to pain managementDocument all aspects of pain carePursue management of unrelieved painSet up and program pumps for PCA and Epidural analgesia
18 Pain Assessment and Management LPN RoleObserve, report and document pain needs and response to interventions.Report unrelieved painFollow Nursing Care Plan and physician ordersProvide and document patient education related to pain managementRetrieve history, clear volume, discontinue PCA pump
19 Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) Role Pain CareUnlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) RoleIn alert and oriented patients, obtain and document pain intensity scoreReport unrelieved painScenario:The PCA (or nursing assistant) asks a first day post operative orthopedic patient his pain rating. The patient states “2” as he lies quietly in bed.The LPN administering medications asks the patient his pain rating again as he administers regularly scheduled meds. The patient again states the pain rating is “2”. The LPN tells the patient, incentive spirometer needs to be used and the patient says he didnot sleep all night . The LPN notes that the patient used only 2 doses from the PCA pump during the night and reinforces teaching regarding how to use the PCA pump.Later in the morning, the patient refuses therapy. The RN asks the patient his pain rating, and he again states”2”. She asks the patient to describe his pain rating when using the incentive spirometer and moving in bed. The patient replies , the pain rating then “7 or 8”. The RN reinforces the need to maintain a pain rating of less than that to participate in normal and necessary post operative recovery activities.
20 Pain Assessment and Management Consider the following:The nursing assistant asks a post C-section patient, Mary, what her pain rating is. She is quietly lying in bed and states “2”. The NA leaves the room.An LPN is giving the patient her a.m. medications. The LPN reminds the woman to use her incentive spirometer. At this time the LPN notices Mary had only been medicated for pain once during the night. She reviews Mary’s pain medication options with her. After asking the patient her pain rating (again stated as “2”), the LPN leaves the room.
21 Pain Assessment and Management When the RN attempts to get Mary out of bed, she refuses. The RN asks the patient what her pain level is. Mary states “2”. The RN then asks the patient what her pain level is when she is getting out of bed, the pain score increases to “7 – 8”. The RN reinforces with the patient the need to maintain a pain level that allows participation in normal and necessary post operative recovery activities.
22 Standards of Pain Assessment These standards of assessment are required by the Joint Commission. Forms have been revised to include these 7 areas.LocationIntensityQualityOnset/Duration/VariationAggravating/Relieving FactorsInterference with ActivitiesComfort/Function GoalTheses 7 points are required to provide appropriate pain management.These standards of pain assessment are from the JCAHO standards. All patients in KH will have pain assessment done in all 7 areas. Forms are revised to make this easier to document and provide cues to the nurse to remember all areas.
23 Standards of Pain Assessment 1. LocationAsk the patient to state or to point where pain isRemember, in young children, pain may not be the word to use –hurt, booboo, ouchie may be more effectiveMay be more than one locationMake sure we are treating the right pain, I.e. headache vs. incisional pain2. IntensityHow badly does it hurt?Use pain scale (see next slides)Location-Example-an Emergency department patient with chest pain may now also have a headache relate due to IV nitrate therapy. If you do not verify the location, the patient pain rating may be misinterpreted and excessive nitrates ordered…or if we do not acknowledge the headache and offer analgesia for that, the patient may be less cooperative.Ex: a patient post C-Section who is asked to rate her pain may have incisional pain of “6” AND calf pain of “4”2. Intensity-use scales-next slides-remember that intensity can only be reliably evaluated by patients report
24 Pain - What is it? Hierarchy of Importance of Pain Intensity Measures Self Report-single most reliable indicator of a patient’s pain level. If the patient is alert enough to rate their pain as “7” that is what we should treat.2. Presence of pathologic condition or procedure that is known to be pain producing.Reinforce that as we go down the list , our assessment is LESS accurate..For patients able to communicate, we need to accept and treat their reports of pain.If a patient is alert enough to tell you their pain is an “7” then, action should be taken. The patient report of “7” should be documented and not interpreted by the HCP using other assessment measures. Pain behaviors and Physiologic signs are not appropriately used to asses pain in cognitively intact patients greater than 4 years of age.In the previous scenarios-both Roberts and Andrews pain should be rated as”8”.
25 Pain - What is it?Pain Behaviors (crying, restlessness, change in activity, guarding) – these behaviors should not be used to assess pain as they may be normal responses due to other causes, especially in children4. Physiologic signs ( Heart rate, BP) – can have many other causes(McCaffrey/Passaro,1999)As we go down this list of pain intensity measures our assessment is LESS accurate.
26 Standards of Pain Assessment FACES/Numeric ScaleUse for Adults without cognitive impairment and Children over 4 years of ageINSERT SCALEMany patients can use this scale if time is taken to assist them unless they are profoundly cognitively impaired. Sometimes it will take a few explanations for the patient to “get it”.The most important concept is to ask the patient AND accept and document the patient statement .NB-the faces on this scale are not to be used by the caregiver to compare to the patients face,rather, the patient who has difficulty expressing a number for pain may choose which face his or her pain makes them feel like.
27 Standards of Pain Assessment FACES ScaleMay take a few explanations before patient “gets it”.Should not be used by caregiver to compare faces but by patient to choose which face his or her pain makes them feel like.Reliability tested on preschoolers by Whaley and Wong.
28 Standards of Pain Assessment Cognitively impaired patientAttempt to use FACES scale-see if patient can respond to terms like mild, moderate, severeThere is wide variability in expressing pain through behaviorBehavioral observations may be misleading if the patient is only observed at restBehavioral/physiologic data may be difficult to interpretBefore deciding to use alternate methods to assess patient pain, it is imperative that other documentation supports the conclusion that the patient is indeed impaired to the point of being unable to evaluate pain intensity. Remember that patients may not express PAIN but may say they hurt, that they have burning, that they have cramping ache,discomfort, twinges,throbs,spasm ETC.By using simple questions, repeatedly,the FACES scale may be useful and certainly would be more accurate.The issue with using behavioral and physiologic observations is that they are subjective and more open to evaluator interpretation. Physiologic observations such as increased heart rate may not be due to pain, but to something like hypovolemia.Behavioral responses to pain vary with individuals. Some may become withdrawn and quiet, while others are pacing and angry.Example a psychiatric patient kept wanting to pull the fire alarm. When a nurse took the time to fully investigate and asked where the fire was, the patient pointed to his chest. She asked how bad the fire was and he pointed to “9” on the FACES scale. He was having an MI (true story-JLL)
29 Standards of Pain Assessment Consider the following true story:A psychiatric patient kept pulling the fire alarm. When a nurse took the time to fully investigate and asked where the fire was, the patient pointed to his chest. She asked how bad the fire was and he pointed to “9” on the FACES scale.The patient was having an MI.
30 Standards of Pain Assessment PAINAD Scale – for use with cognitively impaired patientsThis scale is new to KH policy and is a newly created tool used in pain management..Be sure when using this tool to include family members and caregivers. It is a behavioral scale and does not equate to the previous scale discussed. It is useful to determine presence of pain in a cognitively impaired patients and also to evaluate by changing scores, effectiveness of interventions.Example-have attendees rate this patient:A patient who previously had a stroke has fallen and suffered a hip fracture. The patient is unable to communicate verbally due to language impairment related to her previous stroke. You need to evaluate her pain. She is frowning, her hand on her unaffected side is in a tight fist. She tries to push you and family away whenever you try to reposition her. She moans frequently and occasionally seems short of breath. When her adult granddaughter holds her hand and reads to her, she is less restless.How can we score her presence on pain on this scale?Breathing=1Vocalization=1Face=1Body language=2Console=1
31 Standards of Pain Assessment Consider the following:An elderly patient, Sara, who previously suffered a stroke and has language impairment, has fallen and fractured her hip. You need to evaluate her pain. She is frowning, her hand on the unaffected side is in a tight fist. Sara pushes you and the family away whenever you try to reposition her. She moans frequently and occasionally seems short of breath. When her granddaughter holds her hand and reads to her she is less restless.How would you score Sara’s pain using the PAINAD scale?
32 Standards of Pain Assessment Sara’s pain score is 5. She should be medicated for pain.
33 Standards of Pain Assessment Children Under age 4Need example for peds patient
34 Standards of Pain Assessment Consider the following:Kristy, your 3 month old post-op patient, is crying inconsolably. Her heart rate is 150 (pre-op HR 120). She is on 3 liters of O2. She has not had any periods of uninterrupted sleep and you notice facial grimacing in the short periods where she is not crying.How would you score her pain using the CRIES scale?
35 Standards of Pain Assessment Kristy’s pain score is 7. She should be medicated for pain.
36 Standards of Pain Assessment 3. QualityWhat does the pain feel like? (ache, burning, cold, cramping, sharp, dull, throbbing, shooting, tingling, numbing, pressing)4. Onset/Duration/VariationWhen did the pain start (or when does it usually start)?How long does the pain last?-Quality is NOT the same as intensity
37 Standards of Pain Assessment 5. Aggravating/Relieving FactorsHeat, cold, positioning eating ,walking, bathing,noise, lightDistractions: TV, radio, visitors, music, video gamesRemember, one person’s aggravating factor may be another person’s relieving factor!6. Interference with ActivitiesWhat does the patient do (or not do) because of the pain? (eat less, walk less, C&DB, exercise, read, cook, schoolwork)One persons distraction may be another persons annoyance. Different pain may have different characteristics in the same person Example headache vs ankle pain.
38 Standards of Pain Assessment 7. Establish Comfort/Function GoalA pain rating that will allow the patient to participate in recovery or quality of life activitiesPatients may need guidance to establishPain rating above “3” significantly interferes with activity and a rating above “5”with quality of lifeIf the patient is unable to establish a goal,a pain rating of “3” or less will be usedThis is a new part of our KH policy and will be added to all KH intake forms.For many patients it will be necessary to assist in establishing this goal. For example, it is not realistic for a post operative or labor patient to have a goal of “0”. We may need to assist them in identifying what an acceptable goal for THEM is to be able to perform expected activities. Some patients may have not had pain as a symptom prior to surgery and cannot anticipate what an acceptable goal would be for them. Example: a patient admitted with DUB who has had no pain, but now is having a hysterectomy
39 Standards of Pain Assessment Additional considerations for patients unable to identify pain:Use the term APP (Assume Pain is Present) when the patient cannot report pain AND known painful procedures /conditions existExamples of painful procedures/conditions:Mechanical ventilation, endotracheal suctioning, tubes in place(chest tubes and removal), traction, wound care, turning and positioning – rated by patient’s as one of the most painful procedures performed!)***One of the most painful procedures we perform is turning and positioning.Use recommended starting doses for a non-opioid when pain is estimated to be mild or moderate and an opioid for more severe pain. Evaluate patient response by observing changes in patient behavior.APP will be added to all forms where pain is documented but should not be used in progress notes-it is a legend to simplify flow sheet documentation
40 Standards of Pain Assessment Timing of Pain AssessmentWith Full sets of vital signs (note that when patients require very frequent vital signs and pain control is adequate pain assessment may be done less often)After any known pain producing procedureWith each new report of painAt KH we are WEAK in the nursing responsibility for in pain reassessment . Later on we will also be discussing times frames for reassessment when opioids have been given.
41 Standards of Pain Assessment Timing of Pain AssessmentOnce sufficient time has passed for medication to reach peak effect – REMEMBER, REASSESSMENT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR INITIAL ASSESSMENT – IT LETS YOU KNOW WHETHER YOUR INTERVENTION WAS EFFECTIVE!When pain control is continuously adequate, reassessment should occur once per shift
42 Standards of Pain Assessment Documentation All aspects of pain management need to be documented on the appropriate formsAt intake or admission, all forms should contain the required information.For ongoing care, all flow sheets should have the same grid to document pain intensity and interventions and reassessment.
43 Standards of Pain Assessment Education related to pain management is documented on the interdisciplinary teaching tool-no longer here on flow sheet
44 Standards of Pain Assessment Assessing Undesirable Side Effects from Analgesics Presence of hepatic or renal impairment may increase risk of toxic side effectsDrug metabolism may differ among very young and elderlyThese facts do NOT mean that patients in these groups may not have adequate pain control!Assessment is key to determining when a change in drug regime may be necessary to continue to manage pain and control side effectsFor patients > 70 years,starting doses may be decreased by about 25%Opioid naïve patients on “basal” mode may be more at risk for over sedation
46 Sedation Scale – must be used on all patients receiving opioids! Standards of Pain Assessment Assessing Undesirable Side Effects from AnalgesicsSedation Scale – must be used on all patients receiving opioids!No action Required:S=Sleep, easy to arouse1=Awake and alert2=Slightly drowsy, easily arousedAction Required:3=Frequently drowsy, arousable, drift off to sleep during conversation/play4=Somnolent, minimal or no response to physical stimulationThis sedation scale is new and MUST be used to evaluate all patients receiving opioids, due to the CNS depression that can occur.Sedation is observed by the nurse each time pain level is assessed.Normal sleep has no number assigned on this scale because it is not a state of sedation.Sedation scores of 3 or 4 require action by the RN. This scale is NOT used to evaluate pain, only sedation.If a patient is awake and alert and reports a pain rating of “9” you should give additional analgesiaIf respiratory rate is less than or = to 8 the nurse must try to arouse the patient gently.
47 Standards of Pain Assessment Assessing Undesirable Side Effects from Analgesics In patients receiving opioids, sedation must be observed by the nurse each time the pain level is assessed.If patient is awake and alert and reports a pain level of “9”, medication should be given.IF RESPIRATORY RATE IS BELOW 8 IN ADULTS AND IS DECREASED FROM BASELINE IN CHILDREN THE NURSE MUST TRY TO AWAKEN THE PATIENT!
48 Respiratory Depression Standards of Pain Assessment Assessing Undesirable Side Effects from AnalgesicsRespiratory DepressionMost likely:At onset or peak effect of opioidWithin first few dosesWhen opioids are administered epidurally,intrathecally or continuous IV infusionPatients at highest risk are infants, opioid naïve patients who are elderly, those with coexisting conditions (pulmonary disease, major organ failure, obesity, sleep apnea)
49 Respiratory Depression Standards of Pain Assessment Assessing Undesirable Side Effects from AnalgesicsRespiratory Depression depth/quality usually precedes decrease in rate of respirations ( and may be related to increased sedation) Report hypoventilation, respiratory rate of 8 or less, dyspnea, snoring, pulse oximetry of below 92%In pediatric patients: observe for respiratory rate, tachypnea, nasal flaring or retractions. Report pulse oximetry below 93%Measure pulse oximetry if evidence of increased sedationDecrease in rate of respirations is usually preceded by decreased depth and quality of respirations This may in turn be related to increased sedation level.Tolerance to respiratory depressant effects of opioids occurs after 72 hours of repetitive dosesTherefore measure pulse oximetry when there is evidence of increased of sedation
50 Standards of Pain Assessment Undesirable Side Effects from Analgesics Nausea/vomitingConstipationItchingHypotensionDeliriumMental status changesEvery patient is unique and may have some, none or all of these side effects. Occurrence of side effects is NOT a reason to not manage patient pain! Other medications, medication combinations or alternative therapies may be effective.
51 Pain Assessment for Opioid Analgesics RoutePeak EffectAssessment of Pain, Sedation Level and RespirationsAdditional Assessments for Sedation Level of 3 or 4IV Bolus(Not PCA)15-30 minutesEvery 15 min X 2 after each bolus doseObtain blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry if evidence of respiratory depression or sedation of 3 or 4.IV PCA, Continuous, or PCA Plus Continuous15-30 Minutes15 minutes after the initial dose or increase in dose X 2 then every 2 hrs. X 24 hrs. Every 4 hrs. if pain control is adequate without excessive sedation.Oral /Rectal1-2 hrs1 - 2 hours after initial dose or increase in dose then every 4 hrs if pain control is adequate without excessive sedation.IM/SQ30 minutes30 minutes of initial dose or increase in dose and then every 4hrs if pain control is adequate without excessive sedation.Epidural orIntrathecalFentanyl has rapid peak time of 10 to 20 minutes. Morphine has slower peak time – 90 to 120 minutes.Adult Every 30 minutes X 4 after initial dose or increase in dose then every 2hrs X 24 hrs., then every 4 hours for the duration of therapy and an additional 24 hours following completion of therapy.Pediatric: Every hour for the first 24 hrs then every 2 hrs if adequate pain control is maintained.Assess respirations and pulse oximeter reading every 1 hr for the first 24 hrs or after dosage change then if stable, every 2 hrs.Check every 4 hrs. BP and pulse, insertion site, and external pump function. Check sensory and motor strength of lower extremities first time out of bed, for adults every 4hrs and pediatrics every 2hrs. Check every 8 hrs. changes in bowel and bladder function, back tenderness. Check pulse oximetry if evidence of respiratory depression or sedation level of 3 or 4.
52 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Administer analgesics as ordered,according to pain rating.Notify MD if pain medication is ineffectiveConsider use of pain therapy before,during and after diagnostic and therapeutic proceduresSleeping does not necessarily indicate the pt is not in pain. They may be exhausted from pain or sedated. Once an effective pain regime is established,skipping a dose may cause the pt to awaken in severe painAssure pt that you accept their report of pain and that the pain management regime may be altered if not effective. Be open to discussion of fears and concerns regarding pain management
53 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Administer regularly scheduled doses of pain medication(ATC). Awaken patient if necessaryManage anxietyConsider use of non-pharmacologic approaches -heat, cold, rest, massage, positioning, distractions (TV, radio, video games, reading)
54 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Use of the Equianalgesic Dosing Chart Mr H has Cancer pain and is medicated with2 percocet every 4 hours ATC (oxycodone 5mg plus acetaminophen 325 mg.) His pain has been increasing and the decision is made to convert him to oral controlled release morphine.
55 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Managing unrelieved pain:Notify physician-be prepared to give full situational reportDocument all efforts made to manage patient pain and report unrelieved painSuggest pain management specialist consultationIf analgesic orders are not changed to support improved pain management for the patient, notify Nurse Manager or Nursing Supervisor.
56 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Scenario-unrelieved pain Dr Brown, I am calling about your patient Martin Gonzales with prostatic cancer.His pain goal is 3 but for the last several hours his pain level has been 6-7 and he is unable to sleep or get OOB.He currently takes MS Cotin 100mg every 12 hours with Morphine Sulfate 30mg immediate release for breakthrough pain. He has needed 4 doses of the supplemental morphine since midnight.He is very alert but in pain.What do you think about increasing his dose 25-50% ?Be prepared with all related info when contacting the MDPatient name/diagnosisCurrent pain rating and goal and how current pain rating is affecting patientAny changes in associated symptoms or clinical diagnosisAnalgesic Medication historySedation rating,respiratory status
57 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations PCA/Epidural Pump Infusions2 RN’s or an RN/LPN/Pharmacist/MD shall independently check the PCA/Epidural pump settings*Initially*With each dose change*With pump refillsNurse will check the pump settings at shift change.For PCA therapy, the trigger will be within patient reach.Nurses shall NOT activate PCA doses unless special monitoring is in place (PACU,ICU).PCA pumps will be labeled with proxy warning tag. Visitors may not activate PCA dose delivery.PCA dose delivery by proxy can cause profound sedation in patients. An over sedate patient will not press the button If the patient is not awake or oriented enough to request PCA dosing, they may be too sedated and/or not a good candidate for PCA therapy
58 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Consider the following:A nurse was admitted to the hospital for a hysterectomy. She had told her husband to push the button on the pump every 6 minutes. Because he loved his wife and did not want to see her in pain, he dutifully did as he was asked – until his wife respiratory arrested!!True story!!INSTRUCT PATIENTS AND FAMILIES THAT ONLY THE PATIENT CAN ACTIVATE THE PUMP!!!
59 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Emergency Management Patients with signs of opioid overdose with respiratory depression and/or sedation score of 3 or moreAssure that Naloxone (NARCAN) is on the unitSedation Scale of 3:*NOTIFY MD*Consider adding NSAID or acetaminophen*Oral route-hold next dose-consider NSAID or acetaminophen*IV/Epidural/Subcutaneous route-decrease opioid by 25%-50%*Remember-Patient will require resumption of analgesic at adjusted doseThis policy allows the nurse to independently reduce dosing(no MD order needed) for over sedationNurses may independently reduce dosing for over sedation!
60 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Emergency Management Patients with signs of opioid overdose with respiratory depression and/or sedation score of4 with respiratory depression :*Stop administration of opioid*Notify MD*Follow reversal agents policy –Administer 0.2 mg Naloxone IV (Adult)Pediatric doses are weight based.Note: Naloxone may have shorter duration of action than the opioid.
61 Pain Management Patient Care Considerations Emergency Management You are caring for a 19 year old patient postoperative repair of multiple fractures in a MVA.She is receiving the following for pain via PCA pump : Continuous infusion of 0.3mg/hour of hydromorphone plus 0.4 mg Q15 minutes via the PCA route.She has received 3.2 mg in the last 2 hours by the PCA dosing. It is difficult to rouse her and she falls asleep while speaking to you. Her respiratory rate is 8 and shallow, her pulse ox is 90%. What will you do?Ask the patient to take a deep breathDecrease dose by 25 – 50%Consider adding a NSAIDAdminister O2
62 Pain Management Patient Education Document on interdisciplinary patient education toolPrevention- make sure patient know the importance of continuous pain managementPain – use known scalesComfort Function GoalSide Effects – what to expect and how to manageFears of addiction
63 Myths vs. Facts Regarding Children and Pain AddictionNarcotic addiction – behavioral, voluntary pattern of drug-seeking behavior for reasons other than pain reliefDrug tolerance – expected physiologic, involuntary need for larger doses to maintain analgesic effectPhysical dependence – physiologic, involuntary effect (withdrawal symptoms) when chronic use of opioids is abruptly discontinued
64 Myths vs. Facts Regarding Children and Pain Statement from the Acute Pain Management Guideline Panel (1992)“There is no known aspect of childhood development or physiology that indicates any increased risk of physiologic or psychologic dependence from the brief use of opioids for acute pain management.”
65 Myths vs. Facts Regarding Children and Pain Respiratory Depression – numerous studies have verified the safe use of appropriately dose opioids in childrenInfants don’t feel pain – Infants demonstrate behavioral, especially facial, and physiologic indicators of pain. Neonates have the neural mechanisms to transmit pain by 20 weeks of gestation
66 Myths vs. Facts Regarding Children and Pain Children tolerate pain better than adults – Children’s tolerance to pain actually increases with ageChildren cannot tell you where they hurt – children 3 and over can use the FACES scale
67 Myths vs. Facts Regarding Children and Pain Children always tell the truth regarding pain – if they believe they will receive an injection they will not be honest about their painBehavioral manifestations reflect pain intensity – children’s development level, coping abilities and temperament affect how they react to painTruth – may not admit to pain if they believe another painful procedure will occur, such as IM or IV stickAccustomed – often demonstrate increased behavioral signs of discomfort with repeated painful proceduresBehavioral manifestations- developmental level, coping abilities and temperament influence pain behavior.May be playing quietly and experiencing pain. Studies have shown that the passive child will rank their pain higher than that of the child exhibiting some kind of behavior response (Broom 1990)Third degree- May not initially hurt as other burns dt nerve damage but increases with healing and regeneration of nerves
68 Developmental Considerations Young InfantsGeneral body rigidity or thrashingLoud cryFacial expressions of pain (brows lowered and drawn together, eyes tightly closed, grimace)No association between approaching stimulus and subsequent painMay withdrawBrows lowered and drawn together, eyes tightly closed, mouth open and squarish
69 Developmental Considerations Older InfantsDeliberate withdrawal of areaLoud cryFacial expression of pain or angerPhysical resistancePulling at ears, rolls from side to sideHas memory of painful experiencePush away stimulus
70 Developmental Considerations Young ChildrenLoud cry, screamingVerbal expression- “It hurts”Thrashing of arms and legsAttempts to push stimulus away before it is appliedUncooperative, may need physical restraintUse words like “booboo”, “owie”Approach at eye levelReinforce positive behaviorsGive appropriate choices
71 Developmental Considerations Young children con’tRequests termination of procedureClings to parent, nurse or otherRequests emotional support, hugs or other forms of physical comfortMay become restless and irritable with continued pain
72 Developmental Considerations School-Age ChildrenMay see all behaviors of young child, especially during painful procedures, but less anticipationStalling behavior – “Wait a minute” or “I’m not ready”Muscle rigidityFear body mutilationClenched fists, white knuckles, gritting teeth, contracted limbs, body stiffness, closed eyes, wrinkled foreheadRoutines important
73 Developmental Considerations AdolescentsLess vocal protestLess motor activityMore verbal expression – “It hurts” or “You’re hurting me”Increased muscle tension and body control
74 Conclusion No one deserves to suffer in pain The first step is identifying painChildren pose special considerations since they can not always tell or describe the painPay attention to your patientListen to the parentUse known scalesUse your assessment skills
75 References TX.4 Pain Management – Adult/Child GDL_04 Guidelines for Use of Pain Management RecordWhaley and Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children 7th edition