Pain Management Information

Information on Pain Management


Gentle Care Hospice, Inc. has the following pain management policy:

The nursing function includes:

·         Ensuring informed consent for pain management

·         Assessing pain and evaluating response to pain management interventions using a standard pain management scale based on patient self-report.

·         Educating staff, patients, and families regarding the difference between tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction in relation to pain medications, and the low risk of addiction from long-term use and/or high dose of opiates for pain relief.

·         Educating patients and families in a culturally competent manner regarding appropriate expectations for pain management.

·         Recognizing that pain medications may be given around-the-clock.

·         Intervening to treat pain before the pain becomes severe.

·         Using non-drug interventions to assist in pain alleviation.

·         Using knowledge of equianalgesic dosages to maintain both patient safety and pain relief as routes and types of ordered drugs change.

·         Documenting pain assessment, intervention, and evaluation activities in a clear and concise manner.

·         Intervening to minimize drug side effects.

·         Implementing quality assurance/improvement standards to monitor the pain management program.