Provide Support to Manage Pain and Discomfort

Unit 212 Ysanne Horner

Provide support to manage pain and discomfort.

Outcome 1

Understand approaches to managing pain and discomfort

1.1 Explain the importance of a holistic approach to managing pain and discomfort

Using a holistic approach takes care of the whole person and not just a principal need. It is important to get the very root of a problem to determine the best approach to managing pain and discomfort. Why does the individual have pain to begin with and is the pain triggered from another part of the body.

Finding where the pain originates, helps to determine the best way to treat and manage the pain. In knowing the cause of the pain, it enables us to resolve the problem more accurately.

We must treat not only the physical, but also the emotional condition. Emotional pain, anxiety and worry must be taken in to account for an individual’s wellbeing.

An individual may not be able to describe pain, the location or intensity. Alternative therapies such as relaxation, aromatherapy and acupuncture are often used alongside diet, exercise and meditation to manage pain.

1.2 Describe different approaches to alleviate pain and minimise discomfort

Repositioning individuals in bed or a chair can alleviate pain and discomfort. Adjusting the height, back or leg rests can help alongside using specialised equipment such as air mattresses or pressure aids.

Minimising pain with the use of prescribed medication or complimentary therapies can also be an advantage. Occupational and physiotherapists may be able to offer advice as to the best way of mobilising or suitable equipment to minimise pain.

Hot and cold compresses, relaxation techniques and talking through concerns may also help to alleviate and minimise pain and discomfort.

1.3 Outline agreed ways of working that relate to managing pain and discomfort

  * Medication – prescribed drugs and home remedies
  * The pain management policy
  * Manual handling...