Pain and inflammation significantly slow healing. Health care professionals may not be familiar with the validated tools for pain assessment and the wide variety of choices for pain management. Inflammation may be overlooked, or mistaken for infection. An understanding of the pathophysiology of pain and inflammation forms the basis for interventions. Attendees will learn how to conduct an efficient, thorough assessment of pain and inflammation, leading to management that is evidence-based, individualized, creative, and effective.
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- Describe how pain and inflammation interact to slow wound healing
- Identify appropriate tools for assessing pain and interpret the results
- Design a care plan using a nonprescription intervention to help a patient manage wound pain and inflammation