About 100 million people in the United States are battling some type of pain. EMS providers are often called on to be the cavalry in their war on pain. Unfortunately, some EMS providers are unwilling to assume that mantle. Here, we discuss some sobering statistics on prehospital pain management and how we compare to our colleagues in the Emergency Department.
We also discuss foundational knowledge on how pain is detected, transmitted, and processed. Also discussed are the various different types of pain and some management considerations. We must get to know our enemy – pain – before we can effectively combat it.
Join us for Part 2 next week when we discuss how you can wield the tools you have at your disposal like a ginsu master.
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