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Nurses get training to improve management of pain

<p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">​Nurses from Aga Khan University Hospital have added on some wealth of skills and knowledge following a pain free hospital initiative training organised by the hospital to improve nursing care skills and knowledge in the assessment and management of patient’s pain.

The forum targets nurses and other clinicians more because they access, treat and manage patient’s pain.

Dr John Weru, Palliative Medicine Specialist at Aga Khan University Hospital explains “Pain is the main reason why patients come to hospital and buy medication with the hope that it will be treated or managed. It is therefore important to ensure that our clinicians have the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the patients’ expectations.”

“This was the second pain free hospital initiative training since the hospital started offering the course in December 2016 with over 100 clinicians having been trained. Two more training courses are expected to be held by the end of the year”, says Dr Weru.

The pain free hospital initiative curriculum is developed by the World Health Organization through Treat the Pain Programme and has partnered with the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association to accredit hospitals to offer the training.  Aga Khan University hospital is one of the accredited centres to train clinicians using the same curriculum.

Upon completion of the course, participants are awarded a certificate of participation from Aga Khan University Hospital and Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association as proof of undergoing the training.

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