AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 1.5 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity fora maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Presenter(s): Jeffrey M. Behrens, MD, CMD Disclosure(s): Jeffrey M. Behrens, MD, CMD is a medical director at Vitas HealthCare. Session Description: This session presents a comprehensive overview of the proper management of pain including basic definitions as well as instruction about doing an appropriate pain assessment. The various opioid and non-opioid medications are presented including sites of action, mode of action, doses and side effects. Conversions from one opioid to another are presented as well as non-pharmacological treatments Learning Objectives:
Define the types of pain, neuroanatomy of the pain pathways, and thesites of action of the various pain medications
Define the barriers to effective pain management and how to overcomethem
Summarize the components of a comprehensive pain assessment
Demonstrate the use of the opioid, non-opioid, andnon-pharmacological interventions used to control pain
References: VITAS Modules 6 & 7 “Pain Management: The VITAS Way”, Susan Acocella, R.N., B.S.N. Pain Management Guidelines, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care UpToDate, vol.12 no.3 VITAS pharmacy