I've come across patients, usually post op, that needs to be routinely assessed on their pain levels.
Now I'm trying to look for a way to ask them on their pain level without planting into their minds the idea that they're actually feeling pain. Of course we can plan a response from their report, but we might be addressing pain that is actually not present in that moment.
Can we ask a general question of "how are you feeling right now?", instead of "are you feeling any pain right now?" Should we be direct or indirect in these kind of situations?
Is that possible? Thanks for your time!
Jun 10, '13
Instead of using the word "pain", substitute with "comfort". Since the verbal pain scale is so subjective, turn it around.
"On a scale of 0 -10, with 10 being Very Comfortable, how comfortable are you now?" If the number is low, medicate
Last edit by classicdame on Jun 10, '13
: Reason: spelling error