Theatre nurses are charged with the duty of evaluating pain in patients and administering pain relievers. However, their efforts to lessen pain are highly dependent on their relationship with the doctors and patients. That is because they are not autonomous experts in the field, but rather operate in accordance with the prescriptions given by the doctors and assessments offered by the patients. It is vital to enhance the quality of pain control since constant pain has serious consequences and it is a way of being compassionate about the patients (Mottram & Chester, 2015). Nurses in their day-in-day-out routine, encounter a number of constraints that prevent them from practicing effective pain management interventions. Overall, pain management is a source of concern among surgery patients thus compromising their recovery. The ideal situation would involve the surgery patients not suffering unnecessary pain. The ideal is, however, not always the case as theatre nurses are sometimes unable to correctly evaluate and manage the patients’ pain. The result is lower satisfaction levels among the patients who feel that the nurses and other medical personnel are not doing all that they can to manage their pain (Estes, 2013; Weber & Kelley, 2013). Evaluating Pain in Patients Research
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The issue to be addressed is ensuring that surgery patients do not suffer unnecessary pain, with theatre nurses playing a critical role in assessing and managing the patients’ pain. One way of addressing this concern is through developing and applying non-pharmaceutical pain management strategies that are not subject to dosage monitoring. The PICO question to address this issue has been presented as ‘Can theatre nurses develop non-pharmaceutical strategies for effective pain management to ensure that surgery patients do not suffer unnecessary pain?’ Presenting this question into the four PICO elements takes the form of firstly (P), targeting surgery patients, and theatre nurses as the populations of interest. Secondly (I), informing them about non-pharmaceutical pain management strategies that are not subject to dose reviews. Thirdly (C), comparison with results of pain management using pharmaceutical approaches. Fourthly (O), the desired outcome that sees theatre nurses routinely, universally and consistently apply non-pharmaceutical approaches in the management of pain for surgery patients.
It is correct to suggest that surgery patients’ pain can effectively be managed during the post-surgery period. Besides that, it is rational to propose that non-pharmaceutical approaches present theatre nurses with an effective pain management tool (Key, 2016). There is a need to emphasize triangulation within research whereby deduction will be used to evaluate the collected data before arising at a reasonable conclusion. In addition, secondary data will be analyzed while focusing on information concerning the study topic as presented by peer-reviewed articles and publications. Based on the presented awareness, the idea of incorporating non-pharmaceutical in pain management is acceptable within the medical industry, thereby making any plans to adopt the idea popular although approached with caution. The proposed study intends to explore the possibility that non-pharmacological approaches offer a chance for improving pain management for surgery patients with minimal risk, therefore, it is rational to propose that it is possible to improve pain management for surgery patients. Evaluating Pain in Patients Research
Estes, M. (2013). Health assessment and physical examination. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Key, S. (2016). The back sufferer’s bible: you can treat your own back! London: Ebury Publishing
Mottram, D. & Chester, N. (2015). Drugs in sports. New York, NY: Routledge.
Weber, J. & Kelley, J. (2013). Health assessment in nursing. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Evaluating Pain in Patients Research
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