5.5c Take appropriate action where there is pain or discomfort. This could include: Re-positioning, Reporting to a more senior member of staff, Giving prescribed pain relief medication, Ensure equipment or medical devices are working properly or in the correct position e.g. wheelchairs, prosthetics, catheter tubes

Re-positioning is not the only action you may have to take when an individual is in pain or discomfort. There are several other things you may have to do to minimise the individual’s pain or discomfort.

For example, their pain and discomfort might be the result of equipment that is not working properly or not in the right position. You should always check equipment to ensure it’s working properly, or if the pain persists, you could change the equipment’s positioning if its current position is causing the individual pain. However, before you do so, you should ask the individual for their consent first.

If the individual has been prescribed any pain relief medication, you should give it to them to relieve their pain. Whenever you are in doubt, you should report the individual’s discomfort to a more senior member of staff as they may be able to give you advice or help you. Whatever the case, you should always do your best to make the individual feel more comfortable.

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