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Behavioral Pain Assessment Tool for Critically Ill Adults Unable To Self-Report Pain

Author(s): Louise Rose, RN, BN, MN, PhD, ICU Cert, Lynn Haslam, RN, BSCN, MN, NP, Craig Dale, BSCN, MN, RN, CNCC(C), Leasa Knechtel, RN,BSCN, MN, CNCC(C), and Michael McGillion, RN, BSCN, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2017

Topics: PainManagement, MedicationManagement

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Critically ill adults often cannot self-report pain.


  • Describe key elements of the behavioral assessment Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT).
  • Evaluate effects of CPOT with change in practice for documentation and administration of analgesics and sedatives.
  • Compare results between studies regarding compliance with pain assessment documentation and practice recommendations.

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Successful Completion

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