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Jackie Rowles, CRNA, MBA, FAAPM ANESTHESIA ALERT 2 0 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 Give Your Pain Service a Shot of Efficiency 10 tips for treating chronic pain more quickly, safely and profitably. P ain is very difficult to diagnose and treat because multiple pain generators cause the same symptoms. Work with your patients to overcome this challenge and do all you can to eliminate pain from their lives through multimodal therapy that combines medica- tions, physical therapy, injections and psychological interventions. Read on for 10 keys to an efficient pain service. Require new patients to bring in all medicines. Most chronic pain patients are on multiple medications, and they rarely remember what medicines they're taking, the dose or the frequency. This informa- tion is critical to delivering safe, appropriate care, so we instruct new patients to bring all of their medicines, including vitamins, herbs and supplements, to their first appointment. This is the only truly effective 1 TARGETED RELIEF Ms. Rowles provides such pain treatment therapies as spinal injections with fluo- roscopy, joint injections and peripheral nerve blocks. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists OSE_1402_part1_Layout 1 2/6/14 2:47 PM Page 20

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