Departmental Scope of Services
Pain Management has nine patient care cubicles and one procedure room. We treat and diagnose multiple pain-related symptoms and disorders, offering a full range of innovative and progressive treatments. We are staffed by specially trained physicians, nursing personnel and technicians. We also perform electroconvulsive therapy treatments for clinically depressed patients.
Types of Patients Served
The Pain Management staff cares for both inpatients and outpatients who are experiencing pain or clinical depression. Our patients are referred from psychiatrists, primary care physicians and orthopaedic physicians and/or surgeons who feel their patients would benefit from either a pain management intervention or an ECT treatment. We treat chronic patients as well as newly diagnosed patients in an effort to alleviate their pain or depression and allow them to resume a more comfortable lifestyle.
Overview of Department Services
A multidisciplinary team including:
- Registered nurses
- Pain medicine specialists
- The RN does a complete assessment of the patient prior to their procedure.
- The procedure is performed by the physician with the assistance of the RN and/or technician with either local anesthetic, nurse-administered conscious sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the procedure.
- The patient is then recovered with all discharge information given to them prior to their release or return to their nursing unit.
Staffing is planned according to unit needs. Assignments are made based on the number and type of procedures scheduled, expertise of the individual staff members, expressed needs of the physician and patient acuity. The charge nurses and nurse manager facilitate the reassignment of personnel on an ongoing basis throughout the day.
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