|Welcome to the June 2017 Essential Pain Management Newsletter. We have a lot of information for you on new developments, recent workshops and upcoming events.
We are pleased to announce that ANZCA has signed a joint trademarking agreement with the World Federation of Society of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). The objective of this partnership framework is to support the delivery of Essential Pain Management (EPM) and EPM LITE courses across the world. This partnership ensures EPM is a truly global product.
The EPM app for both iPhone and Android is now available for downloading. Search for <essential pain management> in the App Store or Google play.
Some of the features that the app offers are –
- The EPM Recognise-Assess-Treat algorithm to guide the management of pain in real time.
- When the nature of pain is known it lists non-drug and drug treatments based on the type and duration of pain (Quick Treat)
- It offers a database for storing information on individual patients and allows storage of multiple assessment details for each patient.
The EPM Facebook page regularly has EPM updates and articles of interest, photos and course reports. Please follow, like and encourage EPM participants to take a look at the Essential Pain Management Facebook page.
Online EPM reporting tool
To simplify and improve our EPM data collection, we encourage all instructors to use the easy-to-complete online reporting tool. This tool allows us to track all of the great EPM activities happening around the world. The tool is available here.
We have also developed an evaluation tool which we hope is self explanatory if you start at Tab 1 of the spreadsheet. If you wish to use this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We have included a technique we have called Delphi Walls which allows you to collect written feedback relatively easily.
Associated with the tool are the new EPM questions. You will notice that in the post test questions as well as including a repeat of the pre test questions there are some additional questions to challenge participants. We have included the answers on a separate sheet. Please feedback what you think of this evaluation tool.
While we don’t want to overburden instructors with data collection if you can ensure you use the online tool and consider using the evaluation tool as a secondary method. The more data we can collect the more effective any lobbying or fund raising is likely to be.
EPM Lite – second edition
The second edition of EPM Lite course materials are now available.
Available on the EPM website – Instructor Resources
- EPM Lite Workshop Manual (second edition)
- EPM Lite Slide Set (second edition)
Please contact email@example.com to obtain the:
- EPM Lite Instructor Manual (second edition).
Other EPM material
If you are using materials such as certificates and bookmarks with the previous EPM logo (red) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for updated versions (purple).
EPM around the world
Change in United Kingdom Terminology
In the UK there is a need to have a simple schema that unites teaching and vocabulary of Pain Management across all heath care professionals; and EPM Lite meets these needs brilliantly. It became apparent that within the UK the ‘Lite’ designation was causing some confusion. As such, solely within the UK, EPM and EPM Lite have rebranded as EPM Global and EPM UK. EPM UK is always careful to acknowledge that its EPM Lite is renamed for local circumstance. Please visit these pages to read previous reports out of the UK group and to access resources.
EPM UK has now been piloted in 14 medical schools
A ‘Train the Trainers’ course was delivered to 24 delegates on 29th March 2017. The aim of the course was to enable participants to teach the course to multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals in their place of work. Another course is scheduled to be delivered to a wider audience in September at the National Acute Pain Symposium.
EMP Lite in the Fiji Islands
EPM Lite has been embedded in Fiji National University (FNU) curriculum for final year medical students. FNU have offered some support for Dr Linda Huggins to visit annually. They are also supporting printing costs. 6 FNU lecturers have been trained to deliver EPM Lite.
This is a fantastic outcome from our colleagues in Suva. This support will also allow ongoing EPM work in Suva and Lautoka.
EPM was introduced into Surabaya in 2013 at Professor Eddy Rahardjo’s unit in Surabaya. Since then around 8 EPM courses have been run with more than 300 general practitioners participating. The three day EPM and instructor program has also been delivered in Solo, Palembang and Jember. In July 2017 we plan to deliver EPM in Jayapura, West Papua, Indonesia
EPM Lite in South Africa
Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa have recently been awarded an IASP Developing Countries Education Grant. As part of this grant they aim to run 10 EPM-lite workshops over a period of one year with the goal of reaching 200 nurses. To assess change in knowledge, nurses’ knowledge of pain will be assessed prior to attending the workshop, immediately after the workshop and one month after participating in the workshop. Patient folders will be audited one year after initiation of the workshops and pain assessment and management practice compared to that reported in 2013 and 2015 in previous audits.
Our EPM colleagues in Thailand have joined with the Phraboromratchanok Institute to help deliver EPM to areas outside Bangkok. This is a great opportunity to join with a government agency to help provide up-to-date education on Pain management.
The Philippines Pain society continue to work throughout Manila and more recently in Cebu to cascade EPM
Our first endeavour to explore the value of a Letter of Intent with our colleagues in Yangon is underway. This hopefully will lead to EPM external instructors helping to train a large number of instructors to deliver EPM to health care professionals outside Yangon and Mandalay. We will include a
n evaluation component to this project. We are hopeful also of having the opportunity of trialing EPM Lite in the medical schools in Yangon and Mandalay. Once the details of this opportunity are finalised we would welcome volunteers to help visit Myanmar for up to a week at a time to facilitate.
EPM Hong Kong
Following the first EPM program in Hong Kong at the North District Hospital in March 2017 the Pain Management Committee of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority are planning to offer EPM across the public hospitals in Hong Kong. It is likely that the Hong Kong Pain Society will be also able to facilitate EPM in Private hospitals.
EPM workshops during the last six months
Summary acknowledging the programs and instructors involved in EPM workshops during the last six months:
*Unreported in previous newsletter
EPM workshops in the planning stage
Lautoka, Fiji – June 2017
Nigeria – June 2017
Kenya – July 2017
Jayapura Indonesia – July 2017
Cameroon – September 2017
Hong Kong – September 2017
Mongolia – 2017
Bhutan – October 2017
Siem Reap Cambodia – November 2017 (In association with SE Asian Anaesthesia meeting)
Collaboration EPM is fortunate to receive ongoing financial support from ANZCA, the ASA, the Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, WFSA, RACS and the ANZCA Research Foundation
Courses delivered by the EPM UK Working Group have been funded by Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Foundation and The Royal College of Anaesthetists.
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