Join BrightStar Care of Appleton / Fox Cities for a CE Event on Pain Management and Opioid Use in Seniors
Kim Elliott, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services
Todd King, Pharm. D., CGP, Senior Director, Clinical Services, Omnicare
The Optimum Life CE series is a pre-recorded webcast.
Pain management in seniors is a challenge due to a number of factors. Seniors are among the most undertreated for pain and least likely to report pain. However, when they report pain, up to 25 percent of older Americans do not receive analgesic therapy or non-pharmacological treatment.
This presentation will review the assessment of pain, as well as non-pharmacological interventions and pharmacological treatments for pain. It will also address common challenges with the use of opioid analgesics in seniors and discuss common misconceptions about their use in this population.
Following this presentation the participant will be able to:
• Interpret the impact of pain on quality of life and how pain should be properly evaluated in seniors
• Understand commonly used non-pharmacological treatments to manage pain in seniors
• Define the commonly used non-opioid analgesics used to manage pain in seniors
• Identify commonly used opioid analgesics to manage pain in seniors, understand how to decrease the risk of addiction when using these medications and manage common side effects with opioids