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Pain Management The Fifth Vital Sign

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Pain and its effects are so important to the health care process that recognizing pain and its causes, learning how to effectively treat pain, and understanding the effects of pain in the healing process are crucial for providing the best possible care for our patients. The key is to consider pain as ‘The Fifth Vital Sign.’ This program highlights: conducts an initial assessment and regular re-assessment of pain; utilizes age-appropriate pain scales to help determine the intensity of pain; provides patient and family education regarding their roles in pain management; recognizes barriers to effective pain management; identifies methods of pain control to relieve and prevent pain; provides a pain management plan upon discharge.

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