TABLE 1

Triage Oral Analgesic Administration Guidelines

Purpose
 To provide analgesic therapy to patients presenting to triage with a complaint of pain
Procedure
 1. Assess pain score using a validated tool
 2. Immediately triage to a treatment room all patients with severe pain as assessed by triage nurse and consideration of pain score
 3. For those not requiring immediate evaluation with pain score >3 (0–10 scale) or chief complaint consistent with pain, consider administration of oral analgesic
 4. Assess recent analgesic use
Contraindications
 1. Allergy to analgesic (consider alternative)
Medications
 1. Ibuprofen (avoid if the patient has aspirin allergy, anticipated surgery, bleeding disorder, hemorrhage, or renal disease)
 2. Acetaminophen (avoid if the patient has hepatic disease or dysfunction)
 3. Oral oxycodone