how to ask patient for pain scale score correctly?

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    well,actually in our center pain scale score just been practiced and i'm still a young baby in getting pain scale score..and i even do not know / not confident in asking patient that in pain for their pain score.sometimes i get scolded because of asking for 'how much pain does he/she suffered'...

    can you'll guys give me some 'nice' way of getting pain scale score?because i know you'll expert in this..
    thanx!
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    I just say "what would you rate your pain right now 0-10, 10 being the worst pain you have ever experienced." Pain is what the patient says it is, so even if they are laughing and joking and say their pain is a 10, I document it as a 10.
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    I ask them: What's your pain, 0-10? Zero is no pain at all, ten is you're about to die.

    If they say "twelve" or something that's not 0-10, I tell them I need a number 0-10. I can be such a richardhead sometimes. *shrug*
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    Quote from 7feetunder

    can you'll guys give me some 'nice' way of getting pain scale score?because i know you'll expert in this..
    thanx!
    .......


    "Scale of 1-10, 10 is the worst pain ever and 0 is no pain, how are you feeling right now?"

    How is asking the patient to quantify pain not nice?
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    I go with the analogy- "If 10/10 pain is being burned alive and 1/10 is a mild headache what number are you at right now?".
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    My personal script is "Sir/ma'am, could you please rate your pain for me on a scale from 0-10, where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst pain in the history of the world."

    Also, this XKCD comic is relevant.
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    Quote from brainkandy87
    I ask them: What's your pain, 0-10? Zero is no pain at all, ten is you're about to die.

    If they say "twelve" or something that's not 0-10, I tell them I need a number 0-10. I can be such a richardhead sometimes. *shrug*
    haha..i feel funny... :>
    but thanx
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
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    "Scale of 1-10, 10 is the worst pain ever and 0 is no pain, how are you feeling right now?"

    How is asking the patient to quantify pain not nice?

    well,you know sometimes there's kind of patient felt uneasy being questioned for the pain score.
    sometimes i get scolded because asking for score.
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    Quote from 7feetunder
    well,you know sometimes there's kind of patient felt uneasy being questioned for the pain score.
    sometimes i get scolded because asking for score.
    Blame it on hospital policy - that way it's not your fault anymore :-D
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    I asked "can you please rate your pain for me? if 0 was no pain and 10 the worst you ever had, where would you put your pain right now?"

    our clinical site has pain rating charts in each room velcro'ed with other lang's (Mandarin and Russian I think) on it, as well as the Wang-Baker Faces pain scale. I once pulled it off for a mildly demented patient because she could not answer 0-10. She pointed to the appropriate face and I put it back on the wall.
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