Posted: July 13th, 2017

A patient who has terminal cancer of the liver and is cared for by family members at home tells the nurse, “I have intense pain most of the time now.” The nurse recognizes that teaching regarding pain management has been effective when the patient

A patient who has terminal cancer of the liver and is cared for by family members at home tells the nurse, “I have intense pain most of the time now.” The nurse recognizes that teaching regarding pain management has been effective when the patient

A. uses the ordered opioid pain medication whenever the pain is greater than 5 on a 10-point scale.
B. states that nonopioid analgesics may be used when the maximal dose of the opioid is reached without adequate pain relief.
C. agrees to take the medications by the IV route to improve effectiveness.
D. takes opioids around the clock on a regular schedule and uses additional doses when breakthrough pain occurs.

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