Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management
Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management,
Edition 1
By Chris Pasero, MS, RN-BC, FAAN and Margo McCaffery, MS, RN-BC, FAAN

Publication Date: 17 Sept 2010

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Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management, by highly renowned authors Chris Pasero and Margo McCaffery, is destined to become the definitive resource in pain management in adults. It provides numerous reproducible tables, boxes, and figures that can be used in clinical practice, and emphasizes the benefits of a multimodal analgesic approach throughout. In addition, Patient Medication Information forms for the most commonly used medications in each analgesic group can be copied and given to patients. This title is an excellent resource for nurses to become certified in pain management.

Key Features

  • Presents best practices and evidence-based guidelines for assessing and managing pain most effectively with the latest medications and drug regimens.
  • Features detailed, step-by-step guidance on effective pain assessment to help nurses appropriately evaluate pain for each patient during routine assessments.
  • Provides reproducible tables, boxes, and figures that can be used in clinical practice.
  • Contains Patient Medication Information forms for the most commonly used medications in each analgesic group, to be copied and given to patients.
  • Offers the authors' world-renowned expertise in five sections:
    1. Underlying Mechanisms of Pain and the Pathophysiology of Neuropathic Pain includes figures that clearly illustrate nociception and classification of pain by inferred pathology.
    2. Assessment includes tools to assess patients who can report their pain as well as those who are nonverbal, such as the cognitively impaired and critically ill patients. Several pain-rating scales are translated in over 20 languages.
    3. Nonnopioids includes indications for using acetaminophen or NSAIDs, and the prevention and treatment of adverse effects.
    4. Opioids includes guidelines for opioid drug selection and routes of administration, and the prevention and treatment of adverse effects.
      1. Adjuvant Analgesics presents different types of adjuvant analgesics for a variety of pain types, including persistent (chronic) pain, acute pain, neuropathic pain, and bone pain. Prevention and treatment of adverse effects is also covered.
    5. Includes helpful Appendices that provide website resources and suggestions for the use of opioid agreements and for incorporating pain documentation into the electronic medical record.
    6. Covers patients from young adults to frail older adults.
    7. Provides evidence-based, practical guidance on planning and implementing pain management in accordance with current TJC guidelines and best practices.
    8. Includes illustrations to clarify concepts and processes such as the mechanisms of action for pain medications.
    9. Features spiral binding to facilitate quick reference.
    About the author
    By Chris Pasero, MS, RN-BC, FAAN, Pain Management Educator and Clinical Consultant and Margo McCaffery, MS, RN-BC, FAAN, Consultant in the Nursing Care of Patients with Pain
    Table of Contents

    Section I: Underlying Mechanisms of Pain
    Section II: Assessment
    1. Underlying Complexities of Pain Assessment
    2. Misconceptions That Hamper Assessment and Treatment of Patients Who Report Pain
    3. Assessment Tools for Patients
    4. Other Challenges in Pain Assessment
    Section III: Nonopioid Analgesics
    5. Indications for Administration of Acetaminophen or NSAIDs
    6. Adverse Effects of Acetaminophen and NSAIDs
    7. Individualizing the Selection of Nonopioid Analgesics
    8. Perioperative Nonopioid Use
    9. Nonprescription Nonopioids
    10. Acute Overdose
    Section IV: Opioid Analgesics
    11. Physiology and Pharmacology of Opioid Analgesics
    12. Key Concepts in Analgesic Therapy
    13. Guidelines for Opioid Drug Selection
    14. Guidelines for Selection of Routes of Opioid Administration
    15. Intraspinal Analgesia (Epidural and Intrathecal)
    16. Initiating Opioid Therapy
    17. IV Patient-Controlled Analgesia
    18. Switching to another Opioid or Route of Administration
    19. Management of Opioid-Induced Adverse Effects
    20. Unwarranted Withholding of Opioids
    Section 5: Adjuvant Analgesics
    21. General Considerations in the Use of Adjuvant Analgesics
    22. Multipurpose Adjuvant Analgesics
    23. Adjuvant Analgesics for Persistent (Chronic) Neuropathic Pain
    24. Topical Analgesics for Persistent (Chronic) Pain
    25. Adjuvant Analgesics for Musculoskeletal Pain
    26. Adjuvant Analgesics for Postoperative and Other Acute Pain
    27. Adjuvant Agends for Goal-Directed Sedation in the Critically Ill and Procedural Sedation
    28. Local Anesthetics for Procedural Pain
    29. Adjuvant Analgesics for Persistent (Chronic) Bone Pain
    30. Adjuvant Analgesics for Malignant Bowel Obstruction
    31. Adjuvants Less Often Used
    Appendix A: Pain Resources on the Internet
    Appendix B: Opioid Agreements
    Appendix C: Use of Electronic Medical Records in Pain Management
    Appendix D: Terminology

    Book details
    ISBN: 9780323056960
    Page Count: 896
    Illustrations: Approx. 300 illustrations
    Retail Price: €66.99
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