Prescribing and Administering Opioid Doses Based Solely on Pain Intensity – Crane Library Web Pick of the Week

In April 2016, The American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) published a position statement on prescribing and administering opioid doselogos based solely on pain intensity. ASPMN states, “the practice of prescribing doses of opioid analgesics based solely on a patient’s pain intensity should be prohibited because it disregards the relevance of other essential elements of assessment…”

ASPMN describes other factors that need to be considered when assessing for pain in addition to pain intensity which include but are not limited to age, quality of pain, sedation level, respiratory status, and functional status.

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