Pain Assessment Tools in Practice

Take time to reflect on the following with regard to pain relief strategies in your own ED:

  • Are patients encouraged to report pain?
  • What pain assessment tool or tools are in use?
  • When and where are pain assessment tools applied?
  • Where is the pain score recorded? Is this ideal?
  • Are the pain assessment tools appropriate for your ED case-mix?
  • When was the last time your department audited its performance regarding analgesic provision?
  • What did the audit show?
  • What changes were suggested and implemented?
  • Was change effective?

Fig. 12 Faces pain rating scale used in paediatric cases and the pain ruler