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Your comfort is a priority during your stay at WakeMed. We believe pain management is an important part of quality patient care. In most cases, pain can be relieved or greatly eased. It may not be possible to completely relieve your pain. However, we will work together to make you as comfortable as possible.
Our Approach to Pain Management You, your family and your health care providers (nurse, doctor, therapist, case manager) are all important members of the pain management team. Some patients are unable to communicate about their pain. In these situations, we work closely with family members to provide effective pain management.
What to Expect As a patient at WakeMed, you have the right to:
What You Can Do
Measuring and Monitoring PainNarcotic pain medications, such as opioids, are often used to control pain, but they also have a sedating effect. Patients can become overly sedated and suffer breathing problems.
Because over-sedation is possible, we will watch you closely. Your caregivers will also awaken you to check your sedation and pain. We encourage patients and/or their families to immediately notify the nursing staff if the patient has a drug reaction, difficulty breathing or snores.
At WakeMed you will be asked to help the doctors and nurses measure your pain using a pain scale.
Methods of Managing Your Pain Pain can be controlled with medicine, other treatments or a combination of both. You and your health care providers will decide what works best for you.
Pain treatment has limits and side effects. Your health care providers will discuss them with you.
Facts about Pain Treatment
Pain treatment will continue to be important in your recovery after you return home. Contact your doctor immediately if your pain is not being controlled or if you are having problems following your pain management plan. Be sure to follow your prescription instructions. Do not change your dose without talking to your doctor.
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