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Pain assessment under spotlight

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Most HCAs may rely mostly on vital signs and behaviour to assess their patient’s pain levels, suggests a small study at the Royal Bolton Hospital in Lancashire.

The authors, from the Salford Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, surveyed around 100 healthcare professionals, including 42 nurses and 10 HCAs.

Pain assessment severity must be assessed through the patients report rather than external factors,’ the authors said in the online version of the journal Nurse Education in Practice.

‘Given that the non-registered nurses probably spent the most time with patients it was of some concern that 80% of this group relied upon vital signs to corroborate patient reports of pain,’ they added.

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