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When the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management came to HJF’s Department of Strategic Communications and Design with a relatively simple-sounding problem, this publishing challenge became a reality.
Doctors at Walter Reed have been using regional anesthesia for years, but Oct. 7, 2003, was the first time they used it on the battlefield.
Despite tremendous advances in battlefield medical treatment, pain management has changed very little since the Civil War, with morphine being the primary medication used for pain control. Today, with an unprecedented number of wounded personnel surviving their injuries, managing pain has become a major issue for military health care providers.
Pain is a fact of life for many of our injured service members and veterans. The diagnosis and treatment of pain properly receives more attention and resources than ever before.
- to improve the management of pain in military and civilian medicine
- and to guide research and policy regarding pain and its treatment.
DVCIPM conducts research on pain management, treatment, tracking and impact. Our Research Advisory Board comprises top leaders in pain research and policy in order to guide DoD pain research in the most fruitful directions.
This free resource is available as a downloadable PDF, along with supplemental questions to be used to determine a patient’s level of pain.
This handbook, developed by DVCIPM, serves as a resource for managing the pain of battlefield trauma and educates anesthesiology residents in the art and science of advanced regional anesthesia techniques.
The HPRC’s website contains resources to help service members manage pain. It also will keep you up-to-date with what the DoD and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are doing to improve the treatment and management of pain. This resource is geared directly towards patients and will take you to an external website.