I just have one question.
Why would anyone take a perfectly good cap and ruin it with an over abundance of stripes?
You could play tic-tac-toe on these caps.
I also had another thought (my brain is smokin’ !). Two thoughts in a row on a Sunday morning!
Every time I see a nurse in an ad, they are taking something for a headache.
What message did that send out to all the young people of the time?
Be a nurse, suffer from “nerves” and a headache, receive drugs from your co-worker and get back out on the ward.
Cherry Ames never needed Bromo-Seltzer.
I’ll admit there are shifts where an aerosol form of Ativan would be nice……
Man, it’s a really good thing I’m not watching American Idol this year, or I would be totally ticked that Blake is in the top two. But I don’t care because I’m not watching it! (Okay, I did watch when Barry Gibb was on…sigh!)
Isn’t it ironic (doncha think…): I waited all year for National Nurses Week to wear my cap. Last year my hubby got sick and I was off work. This year I was on jury duty the two days I would have worn it. Somebody does not want me in that cap!
It is time to throw the verbal pain scale out the window.
There is nothing wrong with the idea of a patient rating their pain . We are all different in our ability to tolerate pain. (I have a huge tolerance for pain…unless it is dental pain, whereupon I become a whimpering puppy.)
This week I sat with a trauma patient who shattered/demolished both ankles. When she rated that pain a 7/10, I was dumbfounded. No one believed that she could only be a 7/10!
I am usually trying to make myself believe my patients are the 10/10 they describe as they talk on their cell phone and joke with their friends.
I began to question the utility of the verbal pain scale.
I’m not saying I don’t trust my patients’ truthfulness when describing their pain.
I don’t think patients understand the pain scale.
Ideally, a patient is supposed to rate their current pain when compared to the worst pain they’ve ever experienced. And yet, when I presented to the emergency department for chest pressure a year ago, I rated my pain an 8/10.
I’d had headaches that hurt worse, and yet that particular discomfort as it stood alone was an 8/10. It was a different sort of pain and I rated it without comparison to any other type of pain.
And I was able to joke and talk with the staff while I was having it. Give me a headache that is 8/10 and I am in a dark room with an ice bag on my cranium.
If a health care professional who deals with the pain scale every day could not intellectually compare the intensity of two different types of pain, how can we expect our patients to do it?
So I say drop the verbal pain scale.
Ask the patients to rate their pain using the Wong-Baker pain scale (no matter what their age). I often see adults looking to the visual scale on the wall before rating their pain.
It is amazing how well having a visual representation works for patients who need an easy understanding of what rating their pain really means.
Like yours truly, who would have rated her pain a 3/5 (or 6/10) using the above scale.
Our scale at work uses the Wong-Baker scale up to ten (with the odd numbers in between the faces).
The Wong-Baker pain scale. It isn’t just for kids anymore.