Pain is a common clinical problem in palliative care. The use of pain pumps (small, computerized devices administered subcutaneously) has several advantages for pain control. Some of these advantages include ensuring a steady infusion of medication(s) with reliable absorption if inserted in unaffected tissue and allowing combinations of drugs to be administered parenterally in a manner that is more convenient than repeated and painful injections. This session provides helpful information on what a pain pump is, different types, when to use one, advantages vs. disadvantages of using them, typical opioids used with pumps, administering the pump, and much more.
Presenter: Melina Perron, RN, Clinical Director, Home and Community Care Support Services, Central East, Ontario