Quote from Emergent
Do you ever get patients who give you decimals for their report of pain? Somehow they lose credibility with me when they do this. Seriously, they can't settle on either and 8 or a 9? And, they think that we really care to that degree?
I hear you, I hear you I hear you...
HOWEVER: When I was in ER last year for my bicycle wreck injury, I rated my pain the same way. Now, even though I had a head-on MVA when I was 19 years old and suffered multiple injuries, I base my "10" on knee surgery I had when I was 36 years old. So, initially, when the ER nurse asked me what my pain level was, I said "8 or 9". After they gave me pain medicine and patched me up, I rated my pain at a "2 or 3".
I thought about the situation afterwards and asked myself, "Why didn't you just say '3', or '8'? I didn't really think about it at the time.
I know, I know, I know... Patients and the pain scale are boogers.
But- what the hey? It's only a point of reference.
And no, Emergent, we really don't care to any great degree.