Quote from maryloufu
I usually just quote what they say in quotes.(lol I guess that is the only way to quote something) Usually if they give me that blank stare after I explain the pain scale I know the number really will mean nothing. I think it is crazy to expect the patient to figure out the pain scale if they state they are in pain. But then again I am not really in charge of running the show.
Yeah, I'm not in charge either. I've never heard any complaints (about my charting), but alot of pts don't like to be hassled for a number with the pain scale. (Or else they are always a 10/10
We don't have a pain sheet, but we'll probably get one when we go to computer charting. We only have one for PCAs and epidurals. I just fill in the blanks as quickly as possible, it's a q 4 hr deal.
I handle that in my nurses notes.
"Pt C/O severe pain in abd, was tearful. Gave 1 mg dilaudid"
"Pt resting comfortably without complaints, eyes closed, appears asleep"
"Pt reports relief from abd pain"