Activity 11.7: Reflective practice

Before we go on to discuss analgesics consider how you might assist a patient in managing their pain?

Firstly you need to check whether they are due for any medication and then ensure that it is given or that you advocate for a pain review. You can also consider:

  • Emotional support, i.e. reassurance, information and being listened to
  • Environmental support – moving things closer, aids and adaptations
  • Positioning – i.e. splints for someone with arthritis, elevation, dressings, compression, rest or movement (Masiero et al. 2007)
  • Relaxation – deep breathing, meditation
  • Distraction – watching TV or listening to the radio
  • Massage – stimulating the A beta fibres
  • Heat/cold
  • Financial support – to provide basics and to ease psychological pressure