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Palliative Care ECHO Project Session: Using Pain Pumps in the Home
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 will provide community providers including nurses, physicians, personal support workers, and other care providers with information on:
- What is pain and what is a pain pump
- Different product types
- When pain pumps are used and the advantages and disadvantages
- Typical opioids used with a pain pump
- Prescribing a pain pump
- Titrating pain pump dosing
- Administering, and general care of, a pain pump
- Troubleshooting a pain pump
- Conversations around the pain pump
- Supplies required with a pain pump
- Interdisciplinary approach (including what is in scope vs. not in scope for nurses and personal support workers)

Jeffrey Moat, CM
CEO, Pallium Canada

Melina Perron, RN
Clinical Director, Home and Community Care Support Services, Central East, Ontario

Duration: 1-hour

About the Palliative Care ECHO Project:
The Palliative Care ECHO Project is a 5-year national initiative to cultivate communities of practice and establish continuous professional development among health care providers across Canada who care for patients with life-limiting illness.

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Jun 21, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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