It’s Halloween and once again I couldn’t think of one creative idea for a costume. I promise, next year I will do better and surprise you all. During my rounds today, I came across a group of nurses who really put thought into their costumes. They decided to take pain to a whole new level and share with everyone what the new patient pain scale is all about. We recently rolled out a modified and expanded pain scale to improve communication with patients on their current pain. Controlling and managing pain is one of the top three drivers of patient satisfaction. The ER team took this to heart and each of them – Shelly Shaw, Katie Glockner, Linda Hildebrand, Melissa Pugh, Devon Bowden, Meggan Klippen, and Frank Walter- is wearing a component of the pain scale on their back. Just as a refresher, the pain scale is 0- 10.
- Zero – no pain
- 1-2 mild pain
- 3-4 moderate pain- interferes with tasks
- 5-6 moderate pain – interferes with concentration
- 7-8 severe
- 9-10 worst pain possible –bed rest required.
So next year I hope you will join me and get in the game. We do serious business all day and sometimes bringing humor to a challenging time is just the right medicine. For their creativity, the ER team won a cup of coffee at our very own Lentine’s coffee bar. Great job!