Observational Pain Scales in Critically Ill Adults
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Describe the impact of uncontrolled pain on critically ill patients
- Identify 2 validated pain scales for critically ill patients
- Describe instrument reliability and validity when considering pain scales for critically ill patients
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Pain is a common and distressing symptom in critically ill patients. Uncontrolled pain places patients at risk
for numerous adverse psychological and physiological consequences, some of which may be life-threatening. A systematic assessment of pain is difficult in intensive care units because of the high percentage of patients who are noncommunicative and unable to self-report pain. Several tools have been developed to identify objective measures of pain, but the best tool has yet to be identified.
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