Helping Hospital Patients Manage Pain

If you’re in pain in the hospital, Kimmy Eldridge is one of the people you want to see.

Eldridge, a registered nurse, is one of 38 Pain Resource Champions at Memorial Medical Center who are available for inpatient pain consultations to the nursing staff around the clock. They include registered nurses, healthcare psychologists and physical therapists.

Pain Resource Champions assist a patient’s care team to identify the best medication regimen and therapies for a patient. They also work with patients’ family members to include them in the plan of care and to help them achieve a sense of control and ownership in the process.

“We are there for our patients to help guide them and get them to a goal for their pain,” Eldridge said. 

Without effective pain management, patients can face a number of difficulties during their hospital stay, such as lengthened hospital stay, increased inactivity, slower recovery because they’re unwilling to do therapy, or maquinas de slots higher risk for pneumonia or developing blood clots.

  • With pain management, patients can expect:
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A quicker recovery
  • Less risk for pneumonia or developing blood clots
  • Participation in your pain management techniques
  • Appropriate medicines and therapies – if any – for your level of pain

Pain management doesn’t necessarily mean medication, Eldridge said. For example, Memorial has a relaxation channel on all the hospital’s televisions. The gentle music coupled with calming scenery can help take a patient’s mind off their pain.

But it’s important to get to know each patient, Eldridge said. For some, viewing the relaxation channel doesn’t help. If they’re sports fans, watching ESPN may help take their minds off their pain.

Memorial Medical Center is a Magnet-designated hospital. The Magnet Recognition Program is the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest national honor bestowed upon hospitals for nursing excellence.