Pain Management / Sedation

September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

Author: Amy M. Karch, MS, RN, CNS

Preventable medication errors cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $21 billion annually, according to the National Priorities Partnership and National Quality Forum. This number has risen significantly since the Institute of Medicine published To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System in 1999. That report suggested medication . . .

May 2015 Vol. 10 No. 5

Author: Pamela Anderson, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN, and Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN-CMC, CVRN-BC

Mistakes involving medications are among the most common healthcare errors. Medication errors lengthen hospital stays, increase inpatient expenses, and lead to more than 7,000 deaths annually in the United States. Each error costs an estimated $2,000 to $8,750. An error can happen in the home or a . . .

December 2014 Vol. 9 No. 12

Author: Ann Quinlan-Colwell, PhD, RN-BC, DAAPM

Safe, effective pain control hinges on a multimodal approach that addresses the cause of pain and uses medications and other interventions that relieve the patient’s specific type of pain. With the multimodal approach, individual medications and interventions are chosen for their action on different parts of the pain pathway . . .

July 2014 Vol. 9 No. 7

Author: Lora McGuire, MS, RN, and Pam Bolyanatz, MS, APN, FNP-BC

Read up on the latest evidence-based best practices in pain management.

September 2011 Vol. 6 No. 9

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH
In the military healthcare system, the need for aggressive management of acute pain associated with combat injuries and trauma is obvious. An equally important and possibly greater issue facing military medicine is how . . .

September 2011 Vol. 6 No. 9

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN
Pain is a significant challenge both for those who experience it and those who treat it. A highly personal and subjective experience, it can be difficult to quantify and measure objectively. What . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

On March 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the first device as a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. This is also the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device specifically authorized for use before the onset of pain. Read more . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

On March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Impavido (miltefosine) to treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis. Read more . . .

December 2013 Vol. 8 No. 12

Author: Amy Garcia, MSN, RN, and Kate Nell, MA, RN

Which sedation strategy for ICU patients on mechanical ventilation can help mitigate post-intensive care syndrome?

a. Keep the patient heavily sedated.

b. Use the lightest level of sedation possible.

c. Do not awaken the patient during sedation.

d. Awaken the sedated patient every 3 days.

Correct answer: b. To . . .

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