Assessing pain has been a topic within healthcare for many years. There is not a perfect tool or measure to assess pain for every patient, pain is a very subjective experience. For one person, a broken arm could be rated as a 3 or described as mild pain and for another person it could be a ten, the worst pain they ever felt. It is our job as healthcare providers to address and manage this pain, so that our patients are comfortable.
Through research, we know that uncontrolled pain is a risk factor in developing medical traumatic stress. Are we as healthcare workers taking all the steps to assess and address the pain in our patients? Are their steps we can take to make sure pain is being addressed properly?