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0140 Using Simulation To Educate And Train Acute Pain Management
  1. Mamoon Yusaf,
  2. Madhu Balasubramaniam,
  3. Ramesh Ananthmanohar
  1. Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK


Background Intense acute pain afflicts millions of patients each year. Despite the recently increased focus on the importance of pain control, management of acute pain has remained suboptimal.1 Pain knowledge surveys of nurses suggest that educational efforts probably have been beneficial and should continue. Early in the education of nurses, responsibility for pain assessment and use of analgesics must be instilled.2

Objectives Our aim was to enhance the learning experience of nursing staff in terms of management of patients with acute pain in different clinical settings. To make it more effective tool we incorporated simulation based scenarios rather than just didactic delivery.

Methods One day acute pain management workshop was organised at two different days. 40 nurses attended it. Initial half of the day focused on enhancing knowledge base through interactive lectures. Later half had simulation scenarios based on common acute pain themes encountered by nursing staff. An evaluation sheet was generated to highlight key learning points. Feedback was sorted from all the candidates pre and post simulation scenarios.

Results Average job experience of group was more than 15 years. More than 90% of candidates had no prior exposure to simulation based education. Feedback and evaluation indicated that not only candidates find simulation based learning enjoyable but also more effective in reinforcing the concepts of management of acute pain.

Conclusions Based on our results we have decided to make acute pain management via simulation run as twice a year program to educate more staff. We suggest that simulation based education can be an effective tool to train acute pain management.


  1. Sinatra R. Causes and Consequences of Inadequate Management of Acute Pain. Pain Medicine 2010;11:1859–1871. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2010.00983.x

  2. McCaffrey M, Ferrell BR. Nurses’ knowledge of pain assessment and management: How much progress have we made? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 1997;14(3):175–188

  • Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration

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