Pain scale (Rated R)!!! - page 3
Found in another post here on allnurses... I have a great story about this. The pain team was rounding in the ICU and stopped to see an early-20's-something guy who had had pleurodesis and still... Read More
Jan 11, '10When I initially ask for a pain rating, I always say:
"Could you rate your pain for me on a scale of zero to ten, with zero being absolutely no pain, and ten having your arm ripped off without any anesthesia."
Jan 11, '10It is difficult to get to the bottom of pain for many patients. Some nurses are committed to excellent pain assessments, some nurses not so much.
Some nurses are misinformed and jaded about pain treatment. Some nurses just don't care. Other nurses are too arrogant to understand that they are not able to determine what is tolerable for a patient and what is not.
I watch nurses interact with patients in the hospital, in the home, in LTC and ALF regarding pain. Some are good at it....and some, frankly, are horrible. The suggestion to ask a question, then another, then another is spot on when it comes to pain. The pain assessment is way way more than a number on a 1-10 scale or identification of a smiley face...any indication of discomfort deserves at least 3 more questions.