The Role of the Nurse In Pain Management

The nurse as a member of the health team, has a unique role to play in effective pain management. They include assessing pain at regular interval, Reporting the patient’s level of pain,   Developing the patient’s plan of care…     Read More

Effective Pain Management

As already established in Part One of the Pain Series (Titled – Overcoming The Barriers Of Effective Pain Management), pain is not an entirely physiological experience but has spiritual, emotional and psychosocial dimensions. The goal of pain management is to address the dimensions of pain and to provide maximum pain relief with minimal side… Read More

Overcoming The Barriers of Effective Pain Management

The commonest reason for seeking health care is PAIN. Almost every patient who visits the hospital today complains of some level of pain and yet, majority of patients do not receive adequate pain relief.

Whereas more than 80% of patients who undergo surgical procedures experience acute postoperative pain, only less than half of this group of patients…   Read More

Revisiting Insulin Therapy

Whether you are in the Medical Ward, Surgical, Theatre or in the Emergency setting; in the Laboratory, Pharmacy or in your office as a dietitian, you may in one way or the other had come across Insulin. Today on Clinical Hints, let’s use few minutes of our time to recap our knowledge on Insulin therapy.

Insulin plays a very vital role in the regulation of carbohydrate, fat, and protein…   Read More

Selecting Needles For Parenteral Injections

There are over 30 different kinds of needles available for use, yet most of these needles have not been fully explored in the clinical setting. Different needle types are available to enhance safe and accurate healthcare delivery especially in parenteral injections.

Pain experience during injection is a concern for most patients and a major contributor to refusal of parenteral injections. However choosing the correct needle type may reduce the level of pain…  Read More

Can Ringers Lactate Be Used In Managing Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is caused by an absence or markedly inadequate amount of insulin. Patients suffering from this condition often have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar level), dehydration and electrolyte loss and acidosis. The goal of management of this condition is often to correct these three cardinal clinical features.

Fluid therapy is an integral part of DKA management…   Read More

Rational For Five (5) Blood Transfusion Precautions

Blood transfusion is a common nursing activity. Due to the numerous risks associated with it, a lot of precautionary measures have been set in place to ensure safe delivery.

Today, we will take a moment to RECAP the rational for  five(5) of these…    Read More