Do you think the pain scale is accurate? - page 3

I've been reading some other threads and talking with some of my coworkers lately and it makes me wonder how accurate the 0-10 pain scale is. I've heard nurses describe '10' as being the worst pain... Read More

  1. by   wubbakat
    I think your wording on obtaining is really a great way to express it (ie. being able to do ADL's versus not being able to do them due to pain.) Will try that, Pain is very subjective to the patients, and is sometimes extremely hard to assess it if they really don't have a very good pain threshold. Again thank you for the tip
  2. by   wubbakat
    I think your wording on obtaining is really a great way to express it (ie. being able to do ADL's versus not being able to do them due to pain.) Will try that, Pain is very subjective to the patients, and is sometimes extremely hard to assess it if they really don't have a very good pain threshold. Again thank you for the tip
    Last edit by wubbakat on Sep 21, '06 : Reason: Sorry pushed "submit" twice by accident
  3. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I really like that assessment, asking about ADLS, I might just try to incorporate that! I always ask (pre-pain meds) what level of pain is tolerable for them. For example, if their pain is a 9 and they can tolerate a 3, then after the pain meds I see if its come down to their "tolerable" number. But I like yours better!
  4. by   fsutallyrn
    Just wanted to say, that even though this maybe the first real painful situation for these moms it can still be a ten. Before giving birth (when I was younger, but still an adult) I had a broken mandible and maxilla with my mouth wired shut for 6 weeks, I had my gall bladder removed due to lodged stones, and I had my ovary rupture as well for which I had to have surgery (all of which were bareable to me without much pain meds) and nothing, I mean nothing could even compare to the pain I felt during childbirth, other women I knew had hardley any pain at all, it just depends on the person. pain is what the patient says it is
  5. by   jill48
    I'm very satisfied with both the faces and the rating of 1-10. I don't describe 10 as the worst pain you can imagine, but as the worst pain you have ever experienced. This may not work for children who have not experienced alot of pain in their young lives, but I work with adults and it works well. Plus, pain is subjective. My 10 is different from your 10. I'm not medicating the number, I'm medicating the patient. I have never had anyone say that they thought the faces were insulting. If they had, I would ask them, "Well can you suggest a better way of evaluating pain?" Plus, we don't just medicate by number; like a 1 = tylenol, a 5 = darvocet, and a 10 = percocet. We have other adjectives available to narrow down that number, such as stabbing, burning, acute, chronic, etc.:smilecoffeecup:
    Last edit by jill48 on Mar 7, '07

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