First Do No Harm: the bedrock of quality health care.
Have you seen this great, very useful piece from Nurse Eye Roll on prescription pain medication abuse? Prescription medications kill more Americans each year than only illegal drugs combined.
It’s well worth your time:
Of course, there are also people in serious pain who don’t get the relief they deserve sometimes, out of concern for abuse. It happens. Pain is invisible, and we have no particularly reliable ways to assess it. There are no easy answers in this area, clearly, and the stakes are quite high. Yet most nurses have no choice: we have to deal with it as best we can.
I’m seeking for other links on this topic to add here:
Beth Hawkes offers: How To Cope with Patients Who Have a Substance Abuse Disorder
I’d appreciate any thoughts or experiences – Greg