MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE PAIN IN KIMBERLEY HOSPITAL


Some pain relief is better than none at all, but the goal of any doctor or nurse should be to relieve
suffering by providing effective postoperative/acute pain relief to every patient in pain. This is one
of the principal tenets of the oath we all have taken.
The treatment of acute pain is no longer a luxury for the financially privileged or for the fortunate
patient whose doctor thinks some pain relief might be necessary.
Uncontrolled pain causes profound changes on normal physiology, especially in the postoperative
patient and it has severe debilitating effects if left untreated.
Regarding its impact in the hospital setting, it has been found to delay postoperative recovery,
lengthen average hospital stay, increase patient morbidity and decrease the quality of life.
On these grounds, it is thus no longer regarded as a treatment option, but as treatment necessity.
Acute pain has been thoroughly investigated in clinical trials and is now accepted to be the 5th vital
sign in patients. In other words, frequent assessment of pain should be a routine function of
nursing staff and of doctors just as the assessment of BP, pulse and temperature are.
Accordingly, it is the duty of all doctors in Kimberley Hospital to not only treat pain when it seems
the patient is suffering, but to both apply pre-emptive pain management and to treat established
pain effectively.


COMMONLY USED ANALGESIC DRUGS AVAILABLE IN KIMBERLEY HOSPITAL
(for general use – Oncology/ICU/Theatre/Consultant-restricted drugs not included)
ORAL MEDICATIONS (general)
1. PARACETAMOL syrup (25mg/ml)
tablets (500mg)

2. PARACETAMOL+CODEINE tablets (500mg+8mg)
ORAL MEDICATIONS (NSAIDs)
1. DICLOPHENAC tablets (25mg)

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