Pain Assessment and Management
The patient’s right to receive adequate assessment and treatment for relief of pain and discomfort is respected and supported. Patients will be assessed for pain at regular intervals and receive prompt and safe pain management.
Use the following appropriate pain scale tools for a patient’s developmental age, cognitive level and communication ability:
- Pain intensity report scale, 0–10 (numeric response)
- Adult nonverbal pain scale (NVPS)
- Wong Baker faces (0–10)
- FLACC scale (face-legs-arms-cry-consolability) for infants
When ordering pain medication ensure they include the pain scale to provide necessary guidance to nursing.