SDS Pain Management-JCAHO Pain Standards

The following pain management standards are included in the 1999-2000 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care. The complete standards, along with intent, examples of compliance, and scoring are located on the Joint Commission Web site at www.jcaho. org/standard/pm_idx.html.

Patient rights and organization ethics

— RI.1.2.7. Patients have the right to appropriate assessment and management of pain.

Assessment of patients

— PE 1.4. Pain is assessed in all patients.

Care of patients

— TX.3.3. Prescribing and ordering medications follow established procedures.

— TX.5.4. The patient is monitored throughout the post-procedure period, with specific attention to:

— TX.5.4.6. pain intensity and quality (for example, the character, frequency, location, and duration of pain) and responses to treatments.

Education of patients and family

— Standard PF.2. Patient education is tailored to address patients' needs, values, abilities, and readiness to learn. Education addresses:

— PF.2.5. pain management as part of treatment.

Continuum of care

— CC.6.1. The follow-up process provides for continuing care based on the patient's care needs.

Improving organization performance

— P1.3.1. The organization collects data to monitor its performance.