A reader writes, “Pain management is not part of our medical first responder protocol. What can I do for patients in pain?”
Medical first responders can (and should) do a lot. I call it the “mom stuff”
- Help the patient find a position of comfort
- Apply a splint or other type of stabilization for extremity musculoskeletal injuries
- Use distracting conversation, like “Do you have any allergies?”
- Use soothing conversation, like “I am sure that hurts. What can I do to help you feel better?”
- Explain what will happen next, like “The paramedics will be hear shortly and they can manage your pain with medications.”
- Give the patient an ice pack
- Remove visual stimulus by covering wounds or injuries with dressing, bandages, etc.
The mom stuff works for kids and adults. Give it a try and let me know how it works.