The Pharmacology of Pain Relievers: Revisiting the Basics

Learn evidence-based best practices for administering analgesics and educating patients on their proper use to prevent misuse and ensure effective pain management.

Millions of Americans rely on over-the-counter and prescription medications to manage their chronic pain and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, at least two million Americans misuse the painkillers prescribed by their doctor for various medical conditions in 2020 alone. As a health care professional, you have to adhere to evidence-based best practices when administering analgesics and educate patients on the proper use of analgesics to prevent them from developing dangerous side effects while making the most out of their treatment regimen.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Name and translate the rights of medical administration in nursing practice.
  2. Identify and apply evidence-based best practices for the administration of analgesics based on WHO’s analgesic ladder.
  3. Assess patients to determine the appropriateness of their current or proposed pain management regimen.
  4. Identify relevant clinical considerations for both opioid and non-opioid analgesics.
  5. Identify relevant patient education considerations when administering analgesics.

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