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Impact of a Computerized Pain Reassessment Tool

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Katherine Kirkpatrick, Advisor Kenney, Jaclyn 2019-07-25T18:40:53Z 2019-07-25T18:40:53Z 2019-07
dc.description.abstract Assessment and reassessment of pain is a critical step to improving a patient’s physical and psychological health. The Joint Commission came out with new guidelines in 2017 appointing clinical leadership members to engage staff with the goal of improving pain management. The purpose of this study was to review current evidence-based findings related to nurse pain reassessment. The study sought to determine if a computerized pain reassessment tool had an impact on nurse pain reassessment percentages over a 13-month period. The outcome of this project was the implementation of a computerized pain reassessment tool in the electronic medical record, which reminded nurses when it was time to reassess a patient’s pain level after pain medication was administered. Data on 54 nurse pain reassessment scores were collected over 13 months and looked at overall pain reassessment percentages. The study showed an increase in nurse pain reassessment scores from 70.95% in January 2018 to an 8-month sustained stretch of over 90% pain reassessment by January 2019. The study’s limitation included a small, but sufficient sample size, being implemented on only a 36-bed unit. Further research could be conducted hospital wide to gain a larger sample size. en_US
dc.subject nurse pain reassessment, computerized tool, reassessment scores en_US
dc.title Impact of a Computerized Pain Reassessment Tool en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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