Geriatric Test Question ????

  1. We all know what to assess for when a patient has pain right??
    Location, Duration and Character/Quality
    Ok guys so how would you answer this question??
    When assessing for pain, which is more important, location or character of pain ??
    We had to choose which one was more important on the test I had today. Please let me know which one you think is more important if you had to answer the question for a test!!

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  3. by   PennyLane
    Good question, Brandi. I don't know the answer, but I'm curious to see what others say...
  4. by   RN always
    I would say location. If someone is having pain in their big toe vs pain in their chest that is a significant difference.........
  5. by   l.rae
    location, location, location!.....for the same reason as RN always stated...........LR
  6. by   BranRN
    Well let me tell you that the correct answer to the test question was character of the pain! You know, that should not have even been a question on the test, why would you want to know the character of the pain, and NOT where it is located??
  7. by   kittyw
    I would challenge that question!!!
  8. by   fairyprincess2003
    I was thinking character of pain before scrolling down. Even though I had to think for a minute that is the answer that jumped out at me. For instance, whether or not the pain was a burning or heavy pain could mean a serious difference resulting in either GERD or an infarction; a dull vs a sharp pain could mean something is seriously broken vs a pulled muscle. Certain types of head pain could be of serious difference, certain pains could be a persistant migrane, while another type of pain could be the effects of serious cerebral trauma or uncovered tumor. Same locations, but very different injuries.
    While you could argue that location is of big concern, simply going on location does not signify the importance as does the actual pain. You for example could have pain in both the chest and the femur. One could be GERD and one could be a fracture. The fracture would be more serious in this instance.
    Do you see what I am saying???
    Although I can see your point
    Last edit by fairyprincess2003 on Nov 19, '02
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    oh please...that's a silly question if i ever heard one.

    Correct assessment for pain uses both of those; if you dont use both, you haven't completed your assessment.

    As to which is more important? that's what makes this a silly question: if they all weren't equally important, we wouldn't need to ask.

    challenge it.
  10. by   RN always
    I like that answer sleepeyes.........