About Your Hospital Stay

At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, we understand treating pain promptly and thoroughly is essential. Every effort will be made to keep you as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

You Can Expect the Following From Our Staff:

  • A commitment to pain prevention and management.
  • Your nurse will ask you about your pain upon admission and during rounds.
  • You will be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0-10 (0 indicates no pain, 10 indicates your worst pain) and the causes will be evaluated.
  • Your questions about your pain and pain relief will be promptly addressed.
  • Your preferences will be respected in determining how to best manage your pain.

What Can You Do to Help Manage Pain?

  • Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding pain and pain management.
  • Discuss pain relief options with your doctor or nurse.
  • Work with your doctor or nurse to develop a pain management plan.
  • Ask for pain relief when pain first begins.
  • Help your doctor and your nurse assess your pain level by telling us what your pain is on a rating scale of 0-10.
  • Tell us what works and doesn't work for you when you have pain.
  • Tell your doctor or your nurse if your pain is not relieved.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse about any worries you have about taking pain medication.
  • Be open to managing your pain with suggested medication and/or other treatments such as counseling, relaxation, distraction, imagery, heat and cold, massage, movement or immobility.

Questions You May Want to Ask:

To ensure optimal pain management, you may want to ask your physician some of the following questions:

  • If I am in pain, what will you prescribe that will control it?
  • What is the best way for me to tell you about my pain?
  • Will I be clear-headed after taking the prescribed medication?
  • What are the side effects of this medication?
  • What are my choices of pain relief therapy?
  • Is there a chance I could become addicted to this medication?

Additional information on pain management is available. Ask your nurse for more resources.