Resources should not be doled out based on the aggressiveness of a patients' demands.
There I have said it. I hope to not appear unsympathetic to our patients who are in pain. And although pain is the 5th vital sign, it may cause a life altering condition and not a life threatening condition. And I as a nurse will put a life threatening concern first. So some patients may have to be in pain a little longer than we both would like. We both end up frustrated, but sometimes that is just the way it is. [/B][/QUOTE]
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i agree with you 100%!
unless that aggressive demanding pain pt has life threatening
pain may be the 5th vital sign but where does it fit in our abc's?
what about good old triage. or if you want to use the more "fab" term, prioritizing? don't let the sensationalism of the arguement let us forget er 101... constant re-assessment and prioritizing. every second you have to do that in the er. i agree with the above thread, the screamer will have to wait until the life threats are over! when is the last time that someone has actually died from his kidney stone pain? but i can remember lot's of pt's with arrthymias that died.
guys, i am not heartless. i realize that pain hurts, but the moral of this is, put it into perspective.