I came across a very interesting article in the current issue of Nursing for Women's Health.
The article featured The University of Utah Hospital and a new way to assess pain - developed specifically in relationship to laboring women.
They have developed a "Coping with Labor Algorithm"
We all know that JCHAO mandates an adequate pain assessment, but how many of your patients look at you like you are crazy when they are in pain and trying to deal with UC's and you want them to rate their pain on a scale of 0-10? This new method really makes sense and the article states it is JCHAO compliant as well. It involves asking the question "how are you coping with your labor?" and looking at physical and emotional ques as well. This seems a much more effective method than charting pain 10/10 on a primip that is still smiling and giggling! (you all know exactly what I mean!)
Have any of you heard of this, or better yet, use it in practice? I think it is a great idea and have emailed the University of Utah Hospital to get more specific information on implementing a trial on my unit using the algorithm.
Curious to hear your thoughts! :typing