At some point in life, virtually everyone experiences some type of pain. Inadequately managed pain can lead to adverse physical and psychological patient outcomes for individual patients and their families.
Postsurgical complications related to inadequate pain management negatively affect the patient’s welfare and the hospital performance because of extended lengths of stay and readmissions, both of which increase the cost of care. Most of the current international standards for pain management require that pain is promptly addressed and managed.
We believe that our patients' care and their satisfaction with care are strongly tied to their experiences with pain during their stay with us.
Common psychological responses to pain include anxiety and depression. The inability to escape from pain may create a sense of helplessness and even hopelessness, which may predispose the patient to a more chronic depression. Pain robs patients of their lives. Patients are sometimes unable to do many of the things they did without pain, and this state of living in pain affects their relationships with others and sometimes their ability to maintain employment. Most of the current international standards for pain management, require that pain is promptly addressed and managed.
Hospitals stand to lose reputation if pain is poorly managed. Patient satisfaction with care is strongly tied to their experiences with pain during hospitalization.
Therefore, Pain management unit was established in Royal hospital to treat different types of pain based on international recommendations. The unit was established in 2010 with one physician and 2 nurses and focused on the acute pain.
Now the unit have expanded to 3 full time physicians and 4 nurses and it provides both acute and chronic pain services.
The Pain management unit also provides educational training for doctors and nurses from different institutions. The unit accepts referrals from other healthcare facilities which lack the pain management services. Pain management unit provides both medical and interventional options of treatment based of patient’s condition.