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
- 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.