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Reply To: Pain Scoring – are we all doing this regularly?

Jack Pye

We do use them, probably not as much as we possibly could so room for improvement, we’ve got laminated pain score sheets to record them on, I find the biggest challenge is if I haven’t managed to have a full handover from the staff member carrying out the pain score before I do, everyone interprets things differently and some patients react completely differently to different members of staff. It is something that I find very valuable working my nights as I carry out several on the same patient for instance and can see the effects when altering analgesia in that patient. We tend to use the Glasgow pain score for cats and dogs and find this to work fairly well. Definitely has me thinking that we could use these for many more/if not all of our inpatients!