pain scales????where can i purchase??

  1. HELLO, i WAS WONDERING IF ANY KNOWS WHERE I CAN PURCHASE LAMINATED NUMERIC, FLACC AND VISUAL ANALOG PAIN SCALES?? thanks so much , denise

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  3. by   CEN35
    Denise,

    we have those at work.....I will see who makes them and let you know!

    Rick
  4. by   CEN35
    Here you go!

    Pain scales are used to determine how much pain a patient is in. Unfortunately, you or I cannot feel for a patient, and for the most part pain is subjective. You can document the patients actions, which helps......ecspecially if the patient's ratings seem inaccurate. Pain scales are based on a 1-10 scale. Tell the patient, if 10 is equivilent to the worst pain of your life, and zero is equivilent to no pain, how bad is it? That gives you an idea and anyone reveiwing the chart how bad it is, by perception of the patient.
    Unfortunately, not everybodys pain tolerance is the same. So with the usage of the pain scale, it's important to document objective findings.
    Example: If a patient states it's a "10", and they tell you this laughing, and with a smile on their face, then document it. Clearly in a legal situation, a patient smiling and laughing does not indicate a "10". If the patient tells you a "5", and is crying, moaning, and grimmacing, clearly it tells you that the pain may be a "5", or in reality much worse. The scale alone is useless. Unfortunately, the JCHAO is focusing on the treatment of pain currently, and over the next year or two. So documentation of objective findings, as well as use of the pain scale is important.
    Our Hospital uses 2 pain scales, out of (McCaffery M, Pasero C: Pain; Clinical manual, p. 67, 1999, Mosby, Inc. This is excellent, in case they don't speak English (or your language), because it utilizes smiley faces to frown faces with tears, as well as a number/color coded pain scale to get the info!!!!!!

    Rick
  5. by   lkushen
    Our hospital too uses these scales. We recently did a large inservicing of the hospital regarding pain management as it is something JCAHO is really looking into. Anyway, our hospital has many of these in different forms, and I usually see drug names on them. Contact drug companies and see what kind of support you can get from them. You know how they always have "freebies." Hope this helps.

  6. by   Louie18
  7. by   deniseS
    Thank you all for sending me so much advice and information. I truly appreciate it, Denise

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