Pain Network

Easing the pain

Whether caused by an illness or operation, pain can cause significant suffering, both physical and psychological. Since 2003, the HUG has been pursuing an institutional program aimed at improving the assessment, treatment and monitoring of pain. Pain caused by treatment is a key focus.

When pain persists

When it gets you down

Chronic pain is very different from the acute pain that follows an illness, an accident, an examination or even an operation. The pain frequently has a serious disturbing effect on daily life and can result in mood swings.

Ways to feel better

How do you deal with pain that remains after your treatment? There are ways:

Treating pain

Tailored to suit you

Most pain is relieved satisfactorily by combining: 

  • drugs
  • physiotherapy, massages, application of heat / cold
  • relaxation, hypnosis
  • psychotherapy
  • techniques to deaden or stimulate the nerve

Numerous drugs exist that are capable of efficiently relieving the pain (paracetamol, anti-inflammatory drugs, opiates, etc.). The treatment depends on the cause of the pain, how bad it is and what kind of pain it is, and should take into account any previous history.

Research

Publications

"Apports et difficultés liés à la participation d'infirmières expérimentées à un journal club: une analyse de contenu qualitative"
S.Kupferschmid, C.Bollondi Pauly, M.J.Roulin
Research in Nursing care, Sept. 2013

Pain Network

Mission

Mission of the Pain Network 

The HUG Pain Network aims to develop links between stakeholders on the ground involved in the fight against pain throughout HUG.

Its has a unifying role. This makes it possible to create synergies between divisions and between professions. It must identify common objectives, while respecting the specificities of the different divisions and the needs of individual patients.

Without seeking to replace the divisions, it aims to support fellow staff in their efforts, to continually improve the consideration of the experiences of patients who are suffering and the quality of analgesic care.

The network allows an exchange of ideas and a sharing of skills. It aims to create awareness of the resources present at HUG, both in terms of motivated and trained staff and in terms of technical resources, to ensure these resources are more widely used to relieve patients. More specifically, the mission of the Pain Network is as follows:

  • Improve the pain “trinity” at HUG: “Assessment - Treatment - Follow-up”
  • Promote information to patients and their close friends and relatives regarding managing pain
  • Promote the continuing education of staff in the field of pain
  • Promote pain management quality as a care quality criterion.

 

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