Major Incident Planning and Support (MIP+S) Level 3

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Analgesia in triage

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Options for Pain Relief in Triage: Tools and Techniques

Overview of Pain Relief Options

Exploring the tools and methods available for pain relief in triage:

  • Patient Group Directive: Triage staff are trained to administer paracetamol or ibuprofen under this directive, streamlining pain relief without needing a prescription.
  • Considerations: Before administering medication, it's crucial to assess risks such as previous medication use and existing health conditions like stomach ulcers.
  • Importance of History Taking: Gathering detailed patient history helps in making informed decisions about appropriate pain relief.

Advanced Pain Relief Options

Options beyond basic medications available through triage:

  • Intravenous Pain Relief: Patients may receive stronger medications like morphine via IV once they are on the appropriate care pathway.
  • Pathway Prioritization: Initiating the correct pathway ensures timely access to more potent pain relief options as needed.

Alternative Pain Management Techniques

Non-medication strategies to alleviate pain:

  • Positional and Comfort Measures: Techniques such as using arm slings for fractures or elevating limbs can provide significant relief.
  • Psychological Support: Reassurance and supportive communication can have a placebo effect, positively impacting patient comfort.

These methods aim to address pain effectively while considering individual patient needs and conditions.