In order to have effective pain relief, patients and family should seek information about pain from multiple sources and in more than one way. For example, if you are experiencing uncontrolled pain, be sure to report it to the physician, nurse, and any other health care professional who is assisting in your care.
When seen by a Respiratory Therapist from Sparrow Medical Supply, you will be asked to report uncontrolled pain. Appropriate follow-up or referral will then be initiated.
When reporting pain, you may be asked to rate the level of pain on a scale of “0 to 10” (0 being no pain at all to 10 being the most severe).
Be sure to let those who provide care to you know whether pain relief efforts are being effective. Inadequate pain control can actually increase the need for stronger drugs and will often cost more in the long run. It is better to get effective treatment early and stay ahead of the game.
It is also important that you let your health care provider know of any bothersome side effects you may be experiencing with pain medications since there are alternative treatments, which may eliminate these side effects.
It may be beneficial at times to try non-medication methods for relieving pain. This could include:
- Deep breathing
- Relaxation and calming
- Heat & massage
If none of the above methods are effective, then medication may be needed. There are basically three categories of medications used for pain. They are: non-prescription drugs (i.e. aspirin, acetaminophen, and other anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen); drugs that require a prescription, such as propoxyphene, codeine, morphine; and anti-inflammatory drugs. In addition, certain drugs can be given along with any of the above to enhance their effectiveness (i.e. caffeine, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants).
When starting out with non-prescription medication, be sure to ask a health care provider for assistance on which one may be best suited for you.
Rights and Responsibilities Relative to Pain Management
Sparrow Medical Supply recognizes and respects the patient’s right to pain control and management
We will assist in supporting and coordinating activities and resources to assure that pain is recognized and addressed appropriately. This includes:
- Taking reports of pain seriously.
- Providing general information about pain prevention and management.
- Coordinating pain relief activities with health care providers when appropriate.
As a patient we expect you to:
- Report any uncontrolled pain you are having to health care professionals who are providing services to you (i.e. Physician, Nurse, Respiratory Therapist).
- Assist in the development of your own pain management plan.
- Be compliant with recommendations and treatments provided by health care professionals.
- Report the effectiveness of the pain management plan each time you are in contact with a health care professional.
- Report side effects from treatments you may be receiving.