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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Prescribing and Administering Opioid Doses Based Solely on Pain Intensity: A Position Statement by the American Society for Pain Management Nursing

The American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) published in April 2016 a position statement on prescribing and administering opioid doses based solely on pain intensity. ASPMN states, “the practice of prescribing doses of opioid analgesics based solely on a patient’s pain intensity should be prohibited because it disregards the relevance of other essential elements of assessment…”
ASPMN describes other factors that need to be considered when assessing for pain in addition to pain intensity which include but are not limited to age, quality of pain, sedation level, respiratory status, and functional status.
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