Pain – how to recognise it and how to score it (for Nurses)
I’m sure we’ve all felt frustrated at some point in our careers when one of our patient’s is in pain and yet, for whatever reason, analgesia is withheld. Perhaps you’re working in a practice with very limited resources, or with colleagues who have very different views to yours. Or perhaps you don’t have the confidence to ‘speak up’ if your patient is painful.
Being able to confidently recognise a painful cat or dog is an incredibly important skill and being able to objectively score pain is fundamental in ensuring appropriate analgesia is given, and the patient’s experience is a positive one when they are in the clinic with us.
This webinar aims to demonstrate the ways in which the veterinary team can recognise pain behaviours in dogs and cats, remove the emotional and subjective component when assessing pain, and actually give the pain a score that is scientifically validated.
Recording from 08.05.2019
Hayley Walters RVN MBE
Hayley qualified as a veterinary nurse through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in The UK in 1999. She spent 7 years in mixed animal practice before leaving England to work for animal welfare charity ‘Animals Asia’ with Asiatic black bears rescued from the bile farming industry in China. In 2012 she moved to Scotland to take up a new position as a Welfare and Anaesthesia veterinary nurse for the University of Edinburgh. Hayley was part of the anaesthesia team and responsible for training final year veterinary students in all aspects of anaesthesia, inpatient care and pain management at the teaching hospital of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Hayley also taught animal welfare and clinical skills to veterinary students in developing countries for the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education. Her focus was on improving veterinary education through excellence in patient care and promoting humane alternatives to live animals in veterinary education. In 2018 Hayley moved back to England and now works in a first opinion small animal practice, and also in emergency and critical care. She is the first veterinary nurse to receive an MBE from the Queen for services to veterinary education and animal welfare.