Search Tag: Pain

ICU Management

How Doctors Can Address Suffering

2015 22 Dec

Doctors can play a pivotal role in addressing suffering if they can expand how they work with patients, according to an opinion piece published in JAMA by University of Rochester Professor Ronald M. Epstein, MD, and oncologist Anthony L. Back, University of Washington. “Patients suffer. Yet clinical care has moved away from addressing suffering”, they... Read more

IMAGING Management

Interventional Radiology: Osteoporosis Pain Treatment

2015 08 Sep

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty appear to be equally effective in substantially reducing pain and disability in osteoporosis patients with vertebral fractures, according to new findings from Baylor’s interventional radiology department. Currently, nearly three in four osteoporosis patients with vertebral fractures undergo kyphoplasty, a minimally-invasive... Read more

ICU Management

Trial: Patient-Controlled Analgesia in the ED is Effective for Non-Traumatic Abdominal Pain

2015 23 Jun

Two randomised controlled trials of patient-administered patient relief in the emergency department have found that they are effective in reducing pain.Currently, patients arriving in emergency departments may be administered morphine intravenously by a nurse. Whilst this is safe and works, it takes up nursing time.Two randomised controlled trials carried... Read more

ICU Management

How to Manage Pain in the ER

2015 16 Jun

A simple yes/no question could be an effective tool to help patients decide for themselves whether their pain is adequately controlled, according to researchers conducting a study to evaluate the efficacy of a new evidence-based protocol to treat acute, severe pain in emergency department patients.  Simply asking the question, "Do you want more pain... Read more

ICU Management

Patient Confusion about Opioid Addiction in the ED

2015 14 Apr

Emergency department (ED) patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Patients seen in the ED for acute pain, the researchers note, expressed a desire for better communication from physicians... Read more

IT Management

Patient Mattress Minimises Contact Pressure Damage

2014 01 Nov

A new patient support system developed by Joerns Healthcare (Pershore, UK) simulates the effects of a body floating in fluid, redistributing pressure and weight to prevent damage to skin and other tissues. The result is that the patient is in a simulated fluid environment and suspended in a nearly neutral buoyant state, as if floating on the mattress,... Read more

ICU Management

Reducing Movement Pain in Intensive Care

2013 22 Apr

Monitoring pain and providing analgesics to patients in intensive care units (ICUs) during non-surgical procedures, such as turning and washing, can not only reduce the amount of pain but also reduce the number of serious adverse events including cardiac arrest, according to research published online in BioMed Central’s open access journal Critical... Read more

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