11.1 Comfort Introduction

Learning Objectives

  • Assess patients for subjective and objective manifestations of alterations in comfort
  • Identify factors related to comfort across the life span
  • Adhere to standards of care for the patient experiencing pain
  • Identify nonpharmacologic measures to minimize pain and discomfort
  • Outline the plan for monitoring the patient response to the interventions for pain and discomfort
  • Identify evidence-based practices related to assessing pain and providing comfort

Pain is a universal sensation that everyone experiences, and acute pain is a common reason why patients seek medical care. Nurses work with the interdisciplinary team to assess and manage pain in a multidimensional approach to provide comfort and prevent suffering. This chapter will review best practices and standards of care for the assessment and management of pain.


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