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Pain Management

We understand that prompt and adequate treatment of pain is essential. Every effort will be made to keep you as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

You can expect the following from the staff:

  • Your nurse will ask you about your pain upon admission.
  • You will be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0-10 (0 indicates no pain, 10 indicates your worst pain) and the causes will be evaluated.
  • Your questions about your pain and pain relief will be answered promptly.
  • Your preferences will be respected in determining how to best manage your pain.

What Can You Do to Help Manage Pain?

  • Tell us when you feel pain.
  • Tell us what works and doesn’t work for you when you have pain.
  • Let us know what your pain is on a rating scale of 0-10.
  • Let us know if your pain is not relieved.
  • Be open to managing your pain with suggested medication and/or other treatments such as counseling, relaxation, distraction, imagery, heat and cold, massage, movement or immobility.
  • If you have any problems, please bring them to the attention of the nurse or physician.

Questions You May Want to Ask

To ensure optimal pain management, you may want to ask your physician some of the following questions:

  • If I am in pain, what will you prescribe that will control it?
  • What is the best way for me to tell you about my pain?
  • Will I be clear-headed after taking the prescribed medication?
  • What are my choices of pain relief therapy?
  • Is there a chance I could become addicted to this medication?

Additional information on pain management is available. Ask your nurse for more resources.