Pain management - UNITAF Force Manual (FM)


Group

Pain management
The FM outlines our core skills, policies and guides to ensure every member stands ready for the mission ahead.



Guide
FM/BG-212 - Understanding pain
Guide

Pain is typically caused by wounds and the prolonged use of tourniquets. Increased pain can effect weapon sway, stamina, vision and cause audible moaning. Painkillers can be used to suppress pain for first aid, however more advanced suppression is possible using morphine or fentanyl.

Skill
FM/BS-209 - Use painkillers to manage pain
Skill
  • Administer or take painkillers to decrease pain by about 30%
  • Limit frequency of consumption to no more than 6 pills every 10 minutes to avoid overdosing
  • Be aware of side effects:
    • a slight increase in heart rate
    • a decrease in blood pressure
Skill
FM/BS-210 - Use morphine to manage pain
Skill
  • Administer or take morphine to decrease pain by about 80%
  • Limit frequency of consumption to no more than 4 times every 30 minutes to avoid overdosing
  • Be aware of side effects:
    • a decrease in heart rate
    • a decrease in blood pressure
Skill
FM/BS-211 - Use fentanyl to manage pain
Skill
  • Administer or take fentanyl to decrease pain by about 100%
  • Limit frequency of consumption to no more than once every 15 minutes to avoid overdosing
  • Be aware of side effects:
    • a slight increase in heart rate
    • a decrease in blood pressure
    • blurry vision (chromatic abberation)
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