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Pain still judged on vital signs

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Some HCAs still rely mainly on vital signs and behaviour to assess pain levels, a study at Lancashire’s Royal Bolton Hospital suggests

Some HCAs still rely mainly on vital signs and behaviour to assess pain levels, a small study at Lancashire’s Royal Bolton Hospital suggests.

The authors surveyed around 100 healthcare professionals, including 10 HCAs.

Pain severity must be assessed through patients’ reports rather than external factors, the authors said in Nurse Education in Practice. ‘Given that the non-registered nurses probably spent the most time with patients, it was of concern that 80% of this group relied on vital signs to corroborate patient reports of pain.’

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