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Patient Rights
As a patient you can expect:
  • Information about pain and pain relief measures.
  • A concerned staff committed to pain prevention and management.
  • Health professionals who respond timely to reports of pain.
  • Your reports of pain will be believed.
Patient Responsibilities
As a patient, we expect that you will:
  • Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding pain and pain management.
  • Discuss pain relief options with your doctor or nurse.
  • Work with the doctor and nurse to develop a pain management plan.
  • Ask for pain relief when pain first begins.
  • Help your doctor or nurse assess your pain.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse if your pain is not relieved.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse about any worries you have about taking pain medications.
Using a scale of 0-10, rate your present pain. The numbers are levels of pain. Zero means you have no pain and ten means the worst pain possible.
  • 0- No Pain
  • 2-3 Mild Pain
  • 4-6 Moderate Pain
  • 7-8 Severe Pain
  • 10 Worst Pain
You should also clearly describe the type of pain or discomfort you have (aching, stabbing, throbbing, etc.).

 

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