Unit 47: Provide support to manage pain and discomfort K/601/9025
1.1 Explain the importance of a holistic approach to managing pain and discomfort
A holistic approach towards the individual and the state he is in, is very important because it gets to the centre of the issue, and simply gives a wider perspective to look at the problem. Once the centre of the pain, where it is coming from, is identified; best way of treatment can be applied. Sometimes pain, or discomfort may come from our emotions, like worryetc.
1.2 Describe different approaches to alleviate pain and minimise discomfort
Repositioning individuals to avoid bed sores and adjustments to bedding, heating, lighting or noise and the use of specialised mattresses such as air mattresses and equipment and pressure reducing aids can help to alleviate pain.
There are many options to minimise discomfort such as :
Doctors most often use conventional methods such as drugs.
Psychotherapists relieving anxiety by providing therapies.
Physiotherapists use physical means of treatment such as; massages, electrical therapies, hot or cold packs and complementary therapists use methods such as: acupuncture, herbal medication, or aromatherapy.
1.3 Outline agreed ways of working that relate to managing pain and discomfort
Where pain is present, a detailed clinical assessment should include: the nature, location and intensity of pain
the emotional component and response to pain
functioning at the level of activities and participation
Pain assessment (Self-report assessment)
Additional assessment, if required
Cause of pain
If suitable we can use medications that we have at home, or prescribed by GP. Otherwise, we follow strictly outlined procedures when dealing with individuals.
2.1 Describe how pain and discomfort may affect an individual’s wellbeing and communication
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