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NAEMSP Discussion on Prehospital Pain Management

Prehospital Pain Management is the focus of the current NAEMSP Dialog. The moderated discussion group is being led by top proponents of prehospital pain management.

Reading the posts and associated documents is a great way be up to date on current pain management best practices. In addition remember these pain management principles:

1. Assess pain on every patient.

2. Reassess pain after any intervention.

3. Use pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

4. Pain is personal and subjective.

5. Respect and empathize with patient’s pain complaints.

6. Document pain management efforts and their effectiveness.

Finally, remember on Rogue Medic’s Axiom about pain management: Severe Pain + 2mg Morphine  = Severe Pain.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.