Providing Pain Relief
Raritan Bay Medical Center strongly supports the belief that all patients have a right to pain relief. Pain is different for each person. It can affect how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. Appropriate pain management helps your recovery by allowing you to move more easily, and rest more comfortably.
At Raritan Bay Medical Center we know that you are unique, that each person feels pain differently and only you know when you have pain. There are many ways to manage pain, so your healthcare team (physician, nurses, etc…) will ask you often about any pain you may have so that they can work together with you to provide the best possible pain relief.
What You Can Expect:
- Information about pain and pain relief methods
- Concerned staff committed to pain prevention and management
- A healthcare team who will ask about and respond quickly to your reports of pain
- A healthcare team who believes your reports of pain
- State-of-the-art pain management
- Dedicated pain relief specialists
- Available pain relief methods from RBMC’s Division of Integrative Medicine, call extention 5861.
What We Expect From You:
- Tell the healthcare team about your pain
- Discuss pain relief options with the healthcare team
- Ask for pain medications when pain first begins. Do not wait until you can no longer tolerate it
- Tell healthcare team members the effect the relief methods have on your pain
- Ask us about any concerns or fears you may have with regards to your treatment plan
Don’t Ignore Pain
No one knows how much pain you are in but you. Tell your doctor or nurse when pain strikes or if it comes back again after it goes away. Talk about your pain level throughout the course of your stay.
Ask yourself, then share with your nurse.
- Where does it hurt?
- When does it hurt?
- Does it keep you from doing things—like sleeping, dressing, eating?
How Bad is it on this Pain Scale?
You’re the Expert on Your Pain
Starting to get uncomfortable? Pain medicine not working? Speak up. You may need to get more of the current pain medicine you are on or switch to a different kind of medicine to get relief. Don’t try to ignore painful symptoms. Managing your pain will help with your healing process. Talk to your doctor or nurse when pain strikes.