Acute Traumatic Pain Management


Squirrel Moment.jpgAcute pain is one of the most common reasons why EMS is called, but can also be one of the more controversial topics to tackle for prehospital medicine.

Can neonates feel pain?  How do I assess pain in screaming, crying children?  What can I safely give pregnant patients?  How do all of the different pain medications work anyway?

This July 2016 Case Review covers the assessment of pain, how the various analgesics target certain areas of the body, non-pharmaceutical options, and reviews pain management for a couple of traumatic injury cases.  Even though UMC EMS has ibuprofen, acetaminophen, ketorolac, opioids, and ketamine at their disposal, you should still find this education to be light on the protocol-specific information and applicable to most area EMS.

The education is is suitable for all certification levels.   Please remember to always follow your own service’s treatment protocol.



Step 1: Media:  The case review is on our YouTube channel.  View it from this link: Case Review July 2016

You can also download the education’s pdf file (16 MB) from our DropBox account since Chad quickly flies through a few of the slides: Acute Pain Management UMC EMS Case Review.pdf.  Just click on the “Download” button that appears at the upper right corner, and when the pop-up appears, look towards the bottom option, “No thanks, continue to download”.



Step 2: Take the Quiz at QuestBase.  Log into your QuestBase account at  If you don’t have a free account yet, please visit our “Sign Up page for information on how to obtain one.  Once you’ve logged in, look for the CE entitled: “Acute Traumatic Pain – UMC EMS Case review“.


Step 3: Education you’ll earn upon successful completion:

  • Texas state: 1 hour for Patient Assessment (all certifications)


  • NREMT for NCCP requirements:
    • 1 hour for Medical: Acute Pain Management for Paramedics or 1 hour for Local or Individual CE for all levels.