Re: Joint Commission Focuses on Pain Management

Tue Apr 25 10:52:57 2000

Oh man!!!!!!!!!! What a blessing!!!!!!!!!!! If I could hop, I would be hopping up so high, you would think I am an astronaut!!!

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> Sent: Monday, April 24, 2000 3:57 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
> Subject: Joint Commission Focuses on Pain Management
> The information below is from the following web site:
> [] Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
> Sets New Standards for the Assessment and Management of Pain * -- August
> 3, 1999
> Recognizing pain as a major, yet largely avoidable, public health
> problem, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
> Organizations has developed standards that create new expectations for
> the assessment and management of pain in accredited hospitals and other
> health care settings. These standards have been endorsed by the
> American Pain Society.
> Hospitals, home care agencies, nursing homes, behavioral health
> facilities, outpatient clinics and health plans will be called upon to:
> * recognize the right of patients to appropriate assessment and
> management of pain;
> * assess the existence and, if so, the nature and intensity of pain in
> all patients;
> * record the results of the assessment in a way that facilitates regular
> reassessment and follow-up;
> * determine and assure staff competency in pain assessment and
> management, and address pain assessment and management in the
> orientation of all new staff.
> * establish policies and procedures which support the appropriate
> prescription or ordering of effective pain medications;
> * educate patients and their families about effective pain management,
> and;
> * address patient needs for symptom management in the discharge planning
> process.
> I have excerpted the following comments from the above article:
> The new standards explicitly acknowledge that pain is a co-existing
> condition with a number of diseases and injuries, and require explicit
> attention.
> Unrelieved pain has enormous physiological and psychological effects on
> patients. The Joint Commission believes the effective management of
> pain is a crucial component of good care. Research clearly shows that
> unrelieved pain can slow recovery, create burdens for patients and their
> families, and increase costs to the health care system.
> The new pain management standards - along with examples of compliance -
> are being included in 2000-2001 standard manuals for the affected Joint
> Commission accreditation programs.
> These standards are putting the importance of pain management at center
> stage, ensuring that health care providers and professionals will take
> pain management in a serious way.
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> The 15th century proverb which summarizes the purpose of medicine is:
> * To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always. *

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