PURPOSE: Evidence based documentation of improved outcomes with Education of Medical and Nursing staff regarding pain assessment and treatment is lacking. We hypothesized that such education would result in better documentation by medical staff and increased treatment of pain by nursing staff on surgical patients at an urban community hospital.
METHODS: We utilized a wong-baker faces pain rating scale to assess surgical patients once in the morning and once in evening for 1 week as our baseline [before education] group. Then we educated both medical and nursing staff regarding pain assessment and had our rotating medical students remind the medical and nursing staff regarding pain assessment. Then we repeated our independent pain assessment and compared our assessment to the documented assessment. we also assessed the number patients that received pain medications during this time period.
RESULTS: The accuracy of documentation of pain improved with education as demonstrated by a statistical correlation which was improved between our independent evaluation and the pain assessment done by the medical staff. The provision of pain medication [written as PRN by the medical staff] to the patients by the nursing staff increased after education.
CONCLUSION: Routine education of medical and nursing staff increases overall awareness of pain assessment and treatment which results in better documentation and treatment of surgical patients.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Education of nursing and medical staff on pain assessment improves outcomes in the documentation and treatment of surgical patients.
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