After an ICU stay, nearly 50% of patients rate their pain intensity as moderate to severe. The aim of this course is to dispel the myths of pain management in the ICU. We will discuss healthcare system, provider, and patient barriers to receiving adequate ICU pain care, as well as the appropriate tools to use when assessing pain in critically ill patients. The consequences of inadequately treated pain will be discussed, along with alternative pain management modalities.
Explain the consequences of inadequately treated pain in the ICU
Describe the tools used to assess patients’ pain in the ICU
Describe alternative pain management modalities for ICU patients