Course 12: Special Populations And Patient-Controlled Analgesia
Last Reviewed: July 1, 2019
What You’ll Learn
- Utilize best practices when prescribing opioids for special patient populations
- Manage pain in imminently dying patients, older adults, cognitively impaired patients, and children
- Recognize indications for starting patient-controlled analgesia (PCA)
What You’ll Earn
CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:
- Case Management: 1.25 CE
- Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
- Medicine: 1.00 CME, 1.00 ABIM MOC (Medical Knowledge Only)
- Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 1.00 Pharmacotherapy
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
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Tools & Resources
Course 12: Patient Stories
Case examples used in the CAPC curriculum to illustrate pain management techniques.members login
Course 12 References: Special Populations & Patient-Controlled Analgesia
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.members login
Equianalgesic Conversion Table
Depicts the relative potencies of commonly prescribed opioids compared to oral morphine.download
Standard Opioid Dosing Strengths and Availabilities
List of available opioid strengths and formulations.members login
Prescribing Opioids: A Pocket Reference
Opioid pocket reference for providers including safe starting doses, equianalgesic chart, and standard dosing strengths. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.download
Sample protocol for managing constipation. Organizations can create similar protocols in collaboration with referring clinicians and pharmacists. Lee Health, 2013.download
Pain Management Glossary
Key terms related to pain and pain management. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.download
Analgesics Fact Sheet
When to use - and when to avoid - 6 classes of analgesics including acetaminophen, NSAIDs, opioids, antiepileptics, antidepressants, and corticosteroids. Center to Advance Palliative Care, updated 2018.download
Pediatric Pain Management and Resources
Training from Education in Palliative and End-Of-Life Care (EPEC) in pediatric pain and symptom management.view
Fast Fact #257: Palliative Care Per Rectum
Use of rectal medications for patients living with serious illness.view
Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Jaime Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW. PhD student, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work.
Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.
Lynn Hill Spragens, MBA. Partner, Spragens & Gualtieri-Reed.
Jay R. Horton, PhD, ACHPN, FNP-BC, MPH, CENP. Director of Nursing Safety, Quality, and Performance Improvement Mount Sinai Hospital. Assistant Professor Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Khadidjatou Kane, MD. Oncology Hospitalist, Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.
Bridget Montana, MSN, APRN, FPCN, MBA. Hope HealthCare Services, Chief Operating Officer.
Colleen Mulkerin, MSW, LCSW. Director Palliative Care Consult Service, Hartford Hospital.
Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.
David Weissman, MD. President, Palliative Care Education, LLC.
Sherika S. Newman, DO. Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine Piedmont Healthcare.*
Karl Bezak, MD. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburg (UPMC).*
Sivan Ben-Moshe, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Sachin Kale, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Katie Wang, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer
Course 1: Comprehensive Pain Assessment
Conducting a comprehensive pain assessment to guide safe and effective treatment.
Course 2: Matching the Drug Class to the Pain
Selecting a safe and appropriate analgesic for patients with serious illness based on the pain asse…
Course 3: Patient Factors that Influence Prescribing Decisions
Patient and family factors that influence prescribing decisions for patients with serious illness.