Using Technologies in Palliative Care

The nurse does not consider Mrs. J’s subjective perceptions and does not hear her complaints. The nurse is convinced that Mrs. J. exaggerates her pain and may develop an anesthetic addiction.
Information Needed
In order to solve the problem, both the nursing assistant and the chief nurse must collect all information regarding the physical state of the patient, her diagnosis and possible complications. If possible, the patient will have to pass a test, whose results will create the basis for the development of a more specific pain management strategy. Additionally, the department must test the efficiency and validity of all technologies in Mrs. J’s room. It may happen that the results it shows regarding Mrs. J’s health are not objective.
Possible Solutions
1. The nurse can refuse to provide any additional medical treatment, to alleviate Mrs. J’s pain.
2. The nurse can agree to increase the dose of pain relievers.
3. The nurse assistant can ask the chief nurse to perform additional tests and analyses and define the extent to which Mrs. J. experiences pain.
Desired Results
The desired result is providing comfort in Mrs. J.’s relations with nurses and alleviating her pain, without causing any care disruptions or damaging her health (e.g., through the development of anesthetic addiction).
Advantages and Disadvantages
1. Refusing to provide additional treatment:
– advantages: the risks of anesthetic addiction are minimal.
– disadvantages: the patient suffers from a huge pain.
2. Increasing the dose of pain relievers:
– advantages: Mrs. J. experiences temporary relief.
– disadvantages: increased medication doses can damage her health.
3. Performing additional analyses and tests:
– advantages: nurses will have a full picture of Mrs. J.’ health.
– disadvantages: it will take some time to understand how severely the patient is sufferings.
Solution
Although it will take some time to complete additional tests, this is the best solution to the discussed problem. Nurses need to ensure that all technologies operate appropriately and that additional doses of medications will not damage the patient’s health.