Evaluation and Management of Pain (Part 1): Acute Pain

Evaluation and Management of Pain (Part 1): Acute Pain

Urgent message: Urgent care providers have a clinical, legal, and moral obligation to provide appropriate treatment for patients with pain. The first article in a two-part series addresses strategies for managing acute pain. TRACEY Q. DAVIDOFF, MD The interpretation of pain by patients is very subjective and not easily measured. That makes management of pain in the urgent care setting difficult. Current pain scales are often inaccurate or not truly reflective of a patient’s real …

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Clinical Challenge: December, 2009

In each issue, JUCM will challenge your diagnostic acumen with a glimpse of x-rays, electrocardiograms, and photographs of dermatologic conditions that real urgent care patients have presented with. If you would like to submit a case for consideration, please e-mail the relevant materials and presenting information to [email protected] The patient is a 93-year-old female who lost her balance and twisted her ankle. She presents with significant pain in the ankle and swelling over her lateral …

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