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Tip of the Week– Pain Assessment Tools
Pain is often called the fifth vital sign. This places it in its proper place alongside pulse, respirations, blood pressure and temperature that a nurse needs to assess regularly on a patient. Just like the other vital signs, the proper assessment tools make tracking and treating a patient’s pain much easier and more reliable.
Because pain assessment is a subjective measure, the patient is a necessary component of the process. What causes one person to writhe in pain may barely break a sweat in another. However, when measured against the patient’s own standards, it is much easier to trend the patient’s pain level and to be proactive in managing that pain.
Use the links and tools below to look at some of the common myths about pain management and also review the available assessment tools and scales you might use for different patient populations. I have also included the links to my articles on pediatric pain assessment and management.
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Other Podcasts from Jamie Davis:
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Laura Clapp with, “I Gotta Be Me”
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