If You’re in Pain

As a patient in this hospital, you can expect:

  • Information about pain and pain relief measures
  • Compassionate staff committed to pain prevention and management
  • Health professionals who respond quickly to reports of pain
  • Reports of pain will be taken seriously
  • State-of-the-art pain management

As a patient at this hospital, we encourage you to:

  • Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding pain and pain management
  • Discuss pain relief options with your doctors and nurses
  • Work with your doctor and nurse to develop a pain management plan
  • Ask for pain relief when pain first begins
  • Help your doctor and nurse assess your pain
  • Tell your doctor or nurse if your pain is not relieved
  • Tell your doctor or nurse about any worries you have about taking pain medication

Your Pain Level

Everyone feels pain differently. What one person may describe as painful, another person may not. It is important that you become aware of your acceptable level of comfort.

How do I rate my pain?

We use a rating scale from zero to 10 to measure your acceptable level of comfort and gauge your actual pain. Use zero to describe no pain at all and 10 for the worst possible pain. Rating your level of discomfort helps your nurse know how well your treatment is working and whether to make adjustments to your treatment plan. Please know that your acceptable level of comfort changes based upon your situation.

What should I do when I’m in pain?

Make sure you tell your nurse the type of discomfort you are feeling, its location and the level of discomfort. Your nurse and other members of your health-care team will then work with you to create a treatment plan for your discomfort. If you do not have enough relief, are feeling side effects from medication, or have any questions, please let your nurse know.