PAMI ED Discharge Planning Toolkit for Pain

Discharge algoPAMI (Pain Assessment and Management Initiative) is introducing a new resource to help nurses and physicians treat patients who present with pain. As part of a comprehensive program, the Discharge Planning Toolkit for Pain provides a much needed Discharge Algorithm for Pain Related Complaints. This algorithm assists providers in determining if the patient is safe for discharge; considerations for opioid addiction risk, OTC treatment options, and bowel regimens. The toolkit also provides educational handouts, which you can adapt for your own needs, and patient videos on managing pain. Finally, patients can review a helpful pain analogy from the American Chronic Pain Association called “A Car with Four Flat Tires” (see link below).

AS PROMISED! The Educational Pain videos are here! Click here to view the videos

Table of Contents

1. Discharge Algorithm for Pain Related Complaints

2. Pain Risk Factors Assessment Form

3. Educational Pain Video Poster w/QR codes

  • Print and hang this poster for your patients. You can adapt the poster to your setting!

4. Patient Education/Resource Handouts

a. Chronic Pain
b. Tips on Opioid Safety
c. Reduce Smoking and Improve Pain Management
d. Alcohol & Continuous Pain
e. Healthy Eating Habits
f. Exercise: Getting Started
g. Preventing and Relieving Back Pain
h. Pain and Relaxation Techniques
i. Sleep Hygiene
j. Workplace Ergonomics
k. Dental Pain
l. Pregnancy and Back Pain
m. Nonpharmacological Therapies for Pain
n. How To Be Safe While Taking Pain Medications

4. Educational Pain Videos

5. American Chronic Pain Association’s Educational Video for Chronic Pain – “A Car with Four Flat Tires”


Once you review the materials, if you have any feedback (experiences or stories, comments, suggestions, or corrections) please feel free to email us at We welcome any advice to make this project more useful to our users!