Thorough education and training in pain assessment facilitated the widespread use of PainChek® by staff across the facility, which now becomes the standard tool for evaluating pain management strategies in residents with dementia.
Scheduled (4-hourly) use of PainChek® during daytime, with PRN assessments overnight supported effective pain management for residents. Residents’ behaviours have been recognised as a response to pain as a result of using PainChek®. Significant reductions in psychotropic medications (for example, risperidone) were evident among all residents, as a result of effective pain relief. This has also produced significant improvement in the frequency and intensity of residents’ behaviours.
PainChek® assessments and reporting enabled the staff to more accurately treat each resident. The usage, accuracy and positive outcomes of PainChek® assessments have increased staff (including personal care workers) awareness about pain and pain signs (for example, agitation and aggression) in residents with dementia, and enhanced their confidence in dealing with residents’ pain. These benefits have also improved communication with registered nurses and GPs.
PainChek® functionalities (such as the pain assessment log and pain chart) allowed better tracking of residents’ pain over time. The ease of administration and electronic reporting of PainChek® (for example, access to stored assessments) enabled greater and quicker accessibility of pain scores to GPs to allow timely and more accurate medication adjustments.