Pain Management

Pain management convention to be held in Louisville

The American Society for Pain Management Nurses is preparing for their annual conference, which this year has the theme of "Unbridled Spirit: Achieving Safe, Quality Outcomes in Pain Management."

Opioid overdose antidote sparks discussion

Opioid overdose antidote sparks discussion

Therapeutic opioid use for chronic pain is a particularly challenging issue for both physicians and patients.

Pain driving many back into hospital, CMS study shows

Pain driving many back into hospital, CMS study shows

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About 23% of skilled nursing patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to moderate or severe pain, a recent study from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services shows.

A new kind of holy water

A new kind of holy water

We found long ago that movement in warm water is the perfect solution for those suffering from pain. While in the water, patients can stretch and move pain-free in its soothing warmth.

Pharmacists object to further restrictions for hydrocodone combination products

Pharmacists object to further restrictions for hydrocodone combination products

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Hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin will now be in the same, more-restrictive category as OxyContin and fentanyl under the Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday.

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New LTC pain management quality measures submitted ... CMS 'provider relations coordinator' created to take questions on Medicare reviews ... Few docs discuss end-of-life care with heart failure patients ... Poor sleep leads to Alzheimer's?

Drug agency officially proposes to restrict access to hydrocodone medications

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The federal government is on the verge of tightening access to Vicodin and similar types of painkillers by moving the drugs from Schedule III to Schedule II classification. Long-term care providers have protested this change, saying it will make it more difficult to manage residents' pain.

What's your load? How nurses can lighten med usage

What's your load? How nurses can lighten med usage

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The US Food and Drug Administration recently requested that practitioners stop prescribing combination prescription pain medications that have more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, etc., due to the risk of liver damage. This is a good thing.

Pain problems still prominent, pervasive for seniors

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Pain management is a significant problem for adults aged 65 or older in the United States, new study results indicate.

Pain management difficult for stoic residents, those with dementia, study finds

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Effective pain management in long-term care is hampered by residents' attitudes and caregivers' misinterpretation of behaviors, according to newly published research in the journal Nursing Older People.

Nursing homes can enhance pain management with cognitive behavioral therapy, new guidelines say

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Nursing home residents in chronic pain may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), according to new guidelines on managing pain in older people.

Researchers discover women feel higher levels of pain

Women with chronic ailments experience more intense pain than men, according to a new study. Results and further research could eventually lead to more accurate pain-medication prescribing for both men and women, experts say.

End-of-life care communication, patient assessments need improvement, researchers say

Between 10% and 12% of the entire U.S. healthcare budget is spent treating patients during their last year of life. Despite the amount, a number of improvements could be made to end-of-life care, according to a new report.

Federal government hampers research on marijuana as pain management medication, news reports find

The value of marijuana as a pain-management medication is still unclear as the government continues to discourage research into the effects of the drug, according to a pair of news items.