Caregiver needs a way to tell whether efforts to relieve care recipient’s cr’s pain are working

Try: #a pain scale is a model or way of letting a cr describe the severity of pain being felt a caregiver uses the model in the following way first when the cr speaks of being in pain the caregiver asks how the cr would rate the pain on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being most severe #the caregiver and the cr discuss the location kind and severity of the pain the cr is having and treat it appropriately this may involve anything from a trip to the emergency room in a most severe situation to application of warm and cold packs and over-the-counter medication in less severe situations #following care for pain the caregiver again asks the cr to rate the severity of pain if the cr reports a lower number after receiving care this might be one sign that treatment has effectively lowered pain if the number stays constant or goes up this might suggest the treatment did not help lower the pain #keep in mind that pain is a symptom of an underlying condition and that lowering pain does not always mean the cause of the pain has been cured or fixed

Materials: Pain scale warm and cold packs over-the-counter pain relievers

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Verbal Communication, Good Verbal Comm, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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