Conemaugh's Pain Team includes Anesthesiologists, Clinical Pharmacists, Registered Nurses, and Certified Surgical Technologists with special training in pain management. Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center follows The Joint Commission pain assessment and management standards. Patient pain management satisfaction is monitored by HCAHPS (Hospital Compare) surveys. Conemaugh's Pain Committee of physicians and nurses continulously work to improve pain management based upon feedback from patients.
Physicians may request one of two pain management methods of patients:
A medication on demand device is used on some nursing units as an innovative way to provide patient-controlled pain management at the bedside with a simple and secure dispencing device.
Adequate pain management can be a challenge, especially during times of opioid crisis. Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is an active member of the Cambria County Drug Coalition, which provides education to healthcare providers on opioids, nonpharmacolgical pain options, and assistance for patients with a substance abuse concern.