Pain Assessment for Canada

Pain Assessment for Canada 

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI, 2016) reports that for the 2014-2015 period, 9.5% of long-term care residents experienced pain and 11% experienced worsened pain. While these numbers are steadily improving over recent years, pain remains an issue for residents. Without proper treatment for pain, residents experience little rest and comfort, and their quality of life significantly diminishes. As caregivers, our goal should be to provide residents comfort, facilitate their independence, and preserve their dignity. If residents are in pain, meeting this goal becomes increasingly more challenging, if not impossible. Comprehensive pain assessments are key to successfully identifying and managing pain. A comprehensive pain assessment consists of gathering a history of residents’ pain, using pain scales to rate intensity, conducting physical exams to identify pain sites, and carefully observing residents’ for non-verbal signs of pain. Pain assessments can be challenging, especially for cognitively impaired residents, as they may be unable to tell you where their pain is located, or even that they hurt. As a result, they are less likely to have their pain identified and managed.


Hours: 0.75


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-CAN-SRC-0-PAC
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2023
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between the types of pain.
Recall the importance of conducting a comprehensive pain assessment.
Recall the four components of a comprehensive pain assessment.
Identify the steps to follow to assess pain in cognitively impaired residents.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Assessing Pain A. Causes of Pain B. Pain Assessment Components C. Pain History D. Pain Scales E. Physical Exam F. Pain in Cognitively Impaired Residents G. Documenting and Evaluating Pain H. Review Section 3: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References

Instructor: Lynda Welch, RN

Lynda Welch is a registered nurse with an extensive career history in long-term care management. She provides general administrative and clinical nursing consultative services to staff in long-term care homes. Lynda is also a legal nurse consultant. Her understanding of operational and clinical issues related to long term care, combined with her ability to read and interpret government standards and legislation, provides plaintiff, defense and labour lawyers with an objective, evidence-based opinion related to relevant standards of care.

Disclosure: Lynda Welch, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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