Managing abdominal pain in the pre-hospital setting

Despite the ambulance services' regular exposure to abdominal pain-related emergencies, pain management seems to be a persistent chink in their armour. Notwithstanding the advancements in pre-hospital health care, this age-old problem continues to remain uncorrected. With a greater understanding of pain and analgesia, coupled with a reminder of basic training, pain management need not be the paramedic's Achilles heel.

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