Pain is always subjective and multifactorial involving both physical and
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.
Type of pain
Intensity - intermittent or constant
What makes it better or worse?
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
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