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The BPM Story

The Birth of a Pain Management Tool

Bedside Pain Manager was conceived in 1998 by veteran hospice and home health nurse Judi Hunt, RN. During her 20 years in practice, Judi had gathered and carried with her a compendium of pain control charts, package inserts and various workshop notes to assist her in delivering safe, effective pain management to her patients.

This growing collection of documents proved very useful but was increasingly difficult to keep up to date and organized, and several math steps were sometimes required to effectively compare one chart to another.

Judi decided to integrate all this information into a single document and to eliminate the need for some of the calculations. After she and several colleagues field-tested the newly combined document in actual practice with hospice patients, Judi made a few improvements and revisions and had it professionally designed. The inaugural four-page edition of Bedside Pain Manager (BPM) was published in 1999.

BPM was enthusiastically received by other healthcare professionals, and Judi launched Pain Management Resources, LLC to continue developing and publishing BPM. She expanded her team to include assistance from experts in pharmacy, computer programming, graphic arts, and marketing.

As the content of the printed document was updated in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2015, BPM expanded from four pages to ten.

As always, we invite your feedback on BPM. We encourage your suggestions for making Bedside Pain Manager even more helpful to our shared commitment to improve our ability to make solid, timely, informed decisions to provide safe and effective pain relief for our patients.

Author's Note

At Pain Management Resources, we believe every person experiencing pain, whether acute, chronic or terminal, has the right to have his or her pain and symptoms considered seriously and treated as effectively as possible. We share an enduring commitment to improving pain relief, and Bedside Pain Manager is our contribution to that goal.

We have loved hearing your stories of how having this document in hand has helped you deal with your patients’ pain and symptoms more smoothly, accurately, and effectively. We hope and trust that new users will also find BPM useful. Your feedback is always welcome and greatly appreciated!

Our Pharmacist/Professor reviewer: Robert W. Hutchison, Jr. PharmD, BCACP  http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/directory/hutchison.html

 

Pain Management Resources donates a percentage of sales to Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice, a nonprofit volunteer hospice in Northern California.