QOD 65: Spinal Cord Stimulation (Pharmacology/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A patient asks the nurse about spinal cord stimulation as a method of pain control. Which of the following describes an element of this type of pain management? Select all that apply.

Answer:

A. The patient has wires inserted into the back to receive the stimulation

B. Spinal cord stimulation has been successfully used to treat chronic back pain

C. A patient who uses spinal cord stimulation may be able to stop taking other pain relieving medications

Rationale: 

Spinal cord stimulation is a method of pain control that involves applying electrical current to the source of the pain. The method has been shown to successfully treat back pain and may be helpful enough that the patient could decrease or eliminate the need for oral pain medications.

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