On observing Mrs X, she was getting more agitated, aggressive and tired and during this time we organised an assessment by Dementia Support Australia. They recommended staff to look closer at pain, review her medication and review the behavioural interventions that are in place for her. All recommendations were followed by staff.
PainChek® was employed to assess Mrs X’s ongoing pain level on a regular basis. As a result, Mrs X was initiated on a Norspan 5mcg patch (as she was also continued to spit out her oral analgesic medication). PainChek® was again used during the introduction of the patch to monitor Mrs X’s pain.
Mrs X’s pain scores constantly went down from a ‘mild pain’ (PainChek® score =7) in January to ‘no pain’ (PainChek® score =2) in April. The PainChek® scores were correlated to behaviour charting and this information was used to formulate an ongoing treatment plan, which subsequently improved Mrs X’s behaviours.
Regular use of PainChek® by staff provided better communication with the GP when he reviewed Mrs X’s treatment plan particularly around eliminating pain as a causative factor for the behaviours being exhibited.
Further, there has been a significant increase in the number of pain assessments for residents with dementia and those with cognitive impairment. These assessments have been followed by therapeutic interventions for those who experience pain.
“Since we introduced PainChek® as a standard pain assessment tool for cognitively impaired residents in our facility, we have had a 72% increase in the number of pain assessments completed. This has translated into more pain interventions applied, including PRN medications and therapy-based solutions”.
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