Acute 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.