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Paramedics: Chronic Pain

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #20765 by Rye
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Hello everyone!

I am starting this thread as I am a student paramedic who is interested into how we treat pain sufferers.

The first question I want to ask is, what has your experience(s) with paramedics been like? Have they treated your pain effectively? Did they treat you properly?

And my second question would be, how can we improve (individually and as a service)?

Thank you!

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3 years 9 months ago #20766 by grappers
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Being transported to a hospital in an ambulance as a CPer, I have found that is all they do is transport, medication is only assessed once in ER, otherwise the staff are very friendly and helpful, one thing that can be improved but is out of your hand is waiting times.

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3 years 9 months ago #20767 by Peter
Peter replied the topic: Paramedics: Chronic Pain
Hi Rye,

Welcome to the CPA forum.

I need to ask you a question. Are you conducting a survey?

If you are, then please stop and approach the organisation in the correct manner, which will be to send me an email requesting a form to fill out, then fill out the form and send it back and it will be assessed by our committee and they will decide whether to give you permission or not and where to post your survey on our website. It won't be posted here on the forum.

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If you are simply after a bit of information and are NOT conduction a survey, then you are welcome to ask some questions, providing they are not too many.

Sorry for the authoritarian response to your post, but we are constantly harangued by spammers and people pushing their own products, trying to sign our members up for snake oil treatments. And we ban them all immediately now!

We are very happy to help out any allied health professional. We just need to know your intent.

And as you will have guessed by now, we guard our members well, because some of them may be vulnerable. We keep this forum for their support only. It isn't for people running surveys or selling products, or running political campaigns.

End of lecture!


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3 years 9 months ago #20768 by Rye
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No, Peter, I am not. This is out of purely self-interest. I'm not offering anything, I'm looking into what prehospital cares are provided to chronic pain patients. I have heard many 'through the grapevine' stories of pain relief not being administered, or being denied to a patient. My mother has encountered it.

She has CRPS T1 affecting her left side (below the breast) and left arm. When we have called 000, paramedics usually respond and think the worst, as they should. Giving her a full ECG and cardiac workup, for example, but have often lacked when it came to pain relief or really... any interest in my mothers condition. I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this. I'm a student; planing on doing some group assignments around chronic pain and real cases help put things into perspective. Thanks and sorry if I set off alarms.

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3 years 9 months ago #20770 by Peter
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No problems Mate. You just have to understand that we need to protect this forum and I'm just doing my job. No offence intended!

CRPS is a cow of a thing and most people who get it, suffer badly and don't get the same support as chronic pain sufferers do, even though many of the CP sufferers get little support too. Although things are much better today than they were 10/15 years ago, we still have a long way to go.

I have never been taxied off to hospital in an Ambo so I can't help you there. We might get some others come in here later who might be able to answer your questions.

I took the liberty of adding a ? to your thread title, so that it might attract more attention from our readers.


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I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)

So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
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3 years 9 months ago #20784 by Rye
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Thanks Peter, no offense taken and again sorry for the alarm.

Thanks for the reply Grappers. I have heard that quite a bit, the waiting times can be awfully long. Paramedics in most states, though, if they are paramedics and not transport officers (Ambulance Officers, etc) should be able to assess pain and give pain relief if appropriate. Some may hold off not to mask the pain or in certain circumstances. None the less that's probably why paramedics are voted the most trusted healthcare profession; we get things done, and quickly, and can combat pain.

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