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Pump Up Your Pain Pump Knowledge
How much do you know about the potential for post-op complications?
Gregory Hickman
Publish Date: September 19, 2014   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
pain pump education FLOW OF IDEAS Education is one of the most important components of pain pump safety.

When handled properly, there's no doubt pain pumps make the first few days after surgery much more bearable and dramatically increase patient satisfaction. But issues can arise when patients are sent home with the pain-relieving aids. How much do you know about the benefits and potential complications associated with pumps? Take this quiz to find out.

If a pain pump doesn't have a bolus, patients can't deal with break-through pain.

a. trueb. false

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It's normal for patients with pain pumps to feel a little light-headed from time to time.

a. trueb. false

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In some cases, pain pumps have been found to help patients who've experienced reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome.

a. trueb. false

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Pain pumps should never be used with pediatric or elderly patients.

a. trueb. false

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The best way to ensure patients are properly educated about pain pumps is to _____________.

a. have a nurse show them how it works
b. have them watch a video
c. send written instructions home with them
d. do all of the above

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Anesthesia providers who give pain pump patients their cell numbers are bound to regret it. The phone never stops ringing.

a. trueb. false

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Pain pumps tend to be associated with more infections and complications than single-shot blocks.

a. trueb. false

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