Support to Manage Pain and Discomfort

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Provide support to manage pain and discomfort (HSC 2003)

1. It is important that we take into consideration, areas other than physical pain and have an holistic approach. Pain is whatever the person who is suffering it feels it to be. Physical pain can be experienced as a result of disease or injury, or some other form of bodily distress. For example childbirth. Although not associated with injury or disease, but can be an extremely painful experience. Pain can also be social, emotional and spiritual as well as just physical.
Having a personalised and holistic approach to a persons pain and discomfort needs good teamwork. E.g. Nurses and care workers may be able to help to support the person with physical pain. By using effective
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noticing when someone seems quiet or distracted checking when someone is flushed or sweating or seems to be breathing rapidly. All of these signals should make you aware and prompt you to ask a person whether they are in pain and if any relief is needed. You need to be especially vigilant if you care for anyone who are not able to communicate directly with you including:- do not speak English as a first language have speech or hearing difficulties have a severe learning disability or multiple disabilities are extremely confused
In all these cases, you may need to look for indications of distress and be able to react rather than waiting for the people to communicate in some way. E.g. If a person who is very confused is in pain this can be difficult to detect because they may not be able to find appropriate words to communicate with you.
3. Sometimes even the simplest of methods can be effective in responding to and dealing with pain. For example alter their position or provide them with a hot water bottle or an ice pack. Use a distraction by getting them involved in an activity or talking to them.
People with long term problems with pain have their own strategies for dealing with their pain. Self management is always the most effective method because it gives the person the maximum amount of control. People who are not in control can experience a greater degree of pain by not having any information than people who


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