UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED
Indications
  • Patients reporting pain
Contraindications
Contraindications
Patient Factors & Considerations
  • Pain is always subjective and multifactorial involving both physical and psychological processes.
  • Evidence suggests that concurrent use of multiple pain relieving strategies, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, provides superior pain relief when compared to any single approach to pain management alone.
Procedure

Information Needed:

  • Type of pain
  • Onset
  • Location, radiation
  • Intensity - intermittent or constant
  • What makes it better or worse?
  • Relevant medications
  • Associated problems
  • Level of consciousness
  • Potential cause for pain

Assessment of Effectiveness of Pain Management:

  • Assess pain score, when possible (Score 0 is pain free, Score 10 worst pain ever) using verbal or visual analogue
  • Note score and time

Method:

  • Prior to treatment taking effect, show the PAINLOG™ side of the instrument to patient with the pointer set to 'No Pain'
  • Ask patient to slide the pointer along the scale between 'No Pain' and 'Worst Pain Ever' so it best matches their pain level
  • Read off from the other side on the scale of 0-10 (figure 2), document the score, but do not inform patient
  • Leave pointer in place and repeat procedure as appropriate for patient’s condition
  • Provide pain relieving measures
  • Offer the PAINLOG™ again, pointer in position of last assessment
  • Ask if pain level has changed.  Patient is to re-position pointer
  • Read revised score and record
Success
Success
Discontinue
Discontinue
Additional Information
Additional information

References
References

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