Analgesic Drugs and Pain Management is organized by RnCeus Interactive.
Course Expiration: Apr 1, 2023.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Recognize problems created by under-treating pain and identify individuals who are at greatest risk for having their pain under-treated.
• Distinguish between nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
• Identify 3 classifications of analgesic drugs.
• Recognize how nonopioid analgesics differ from opioid analgesics.
• Identify the mechanism of action, side effects, and maximum daily dose of acetaminophen.
• Identify the relationship between aspirin and Reye’s syndrome.
• Recognize the mechanism of action of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and distinguish between nonselective and selective NSAIDS.
• Identify common side effects of NSAIDs, ways to prevent and/or manage them and advantages and disadvantages of combining NSAIDs with opioid analgesics.
• Discuss the concept of "opioid dose sparing."
• Identify the mechanism of action of mu agonist opioid analgesics.
• Discuss the concept of "analgesic ceiling."
• List 3 opioid analgesics that are commonly used to treat severe escalating acute pain.
• Discuss guidelines for using opioid analgesics and the concept of "titrating to effect" as it applies to opioid analgesics.
• Recognize the rationale for avoiding using meperidine as an analgesic.
• Discuss the value of giving analgesics on an around-the-clock rather than on a PRN basis to manage continuous pain.
• Recognize common side effects associated with opioid analgesics and ways to manage side effects.
• Recognize ways to assess respiratory depression in patients receiving opioid analgesics.
• Distinguish among the terms "tolerance," "physical dependency," and "addiction."
• Identify the percentage of patients who become addicted to opioids when receiving them under medical supervision.
• Discuss conditions under which the following administration routes for opioid analgesics are used: oral, rectal, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous, transdermal, and intrathecal.
• Recognize nursing considerations for patients receiving opioid analgesics and identify ways in which patients receiving opioids can minimize adverse effects.
• Discuss the mechanism of action of antidepressants and anticonvulsants in relation to pain management.
• Evaluate the effects of the CDC Opioid Guidelines on your nursing practice.
Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Contact hours - Learners who successfully complete all requirements are eligible to procure a 4.00 contact hour certificate of completion
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