Numerical Rating Scale for Pain
It’s true that most of us would like to have pain measured as the fifth vital sign. But, is there a down side to it?
… sell short empathy, and thus, the very core of caregiving
Well, we in developing countries do not have to worry about this, do we?
Right now our problem is that pain is not seen as a problem at all and ignored.
When we do eventually get around to monitoring pain, then we need to remember that pain is not something to be measured mechanically like the room temperature, but to be explored sensitively, recognizing the suffering behind a number.
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