Essay on Support to Manage Pain and Discomfort

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Provide support to manage pain and discomfort (HSC 2003)

1. It is important that we take into consideration, areas other than physical pain and have an holistic approach. Pain is whatever the person who is suffering it feels it to be. Physical pain can be experienced as a result of disease or injury, or some other form of bodily distress. For example childbirth. Although not associated with injury or disease, but can be an extremely painful experience. Pain can also be social, emotional and spiritual as well as just physical.
Having a personalised and holistic approach to a persons pain and discomfort needs good teamwork. E.g. Nurses and care workers may be able to help to support the person with physical pain. By using effective
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The physical effects of lack of sleep are quite slight two examples are :- Slight changes in temperature Insignificant changes in heart and breathing rate.
Emotional changes are more noticeable. People tend to become :- irritable or anti-social depressed suspicious, maybe to the point of paranoia difficulty in doing mental tasks. Memory can also be affected by lack of sleep. Also peoples inability to remember things can be affected.

2. One of the important factors that you need to establish is how much pain the person is feeling. This can be difficult as we all have different pain levels. Several methods have been developed to measure pain but the most common one is to ask the person to describe it on a scale 1 to 10, with 1 being the mildest to 10 being the worst pain they have ever felt. It is about individual experience and you need to react to the level at which that person describes their pain as one persons pain thresholds may be different to another.
Peoples beliefs and culture can also have an affect on the amount of pain they are feeling. This can be from a feeling that they do not want to make a fuss. It is important that you create as many opportunities as possible for people to express their pain and create a atmosphere where people know it is acceptable to say they are in pain for example:- notice when someone seems tense or drawn. noticing facial expressions and
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