Pain and Sedation
Evaluate the use of major tranquilizers, sedative-hypnotics, opioids, and reversal agents in order to control pain and minimize adverse responses associated with painful or frightening medical interventions.
Compare the strengths of opioid and non-opioid drugs in order to achieve the most effective pain management.
Describe the benefit of more frequent pain assessment.
Utilize IV opioids as the preferred method of narcotic analgesia in the emergency room, since they are faster acting and easier to titrate.
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Travis E. DeVader, MD, Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia, California; Director of Hospice and Palliative Care, Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia, California
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