Managing Your Pain While a Patient at Sky Ridge
Our goal is to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible while in our care. We know that many people who are admitted to the hospital will experience some degree of pain during their stay, however, each member of our healthcare team is committed to helping you manage your pain and this is best achieved when we work together.
We encourage you to participate in the process in the following ways:
- Share the amount of pain you are experiencing with your nurse. One example of how we may ask you to describe your pain is rating it on a scale of 1 to 10. A pain level of 1-3 would be considered mild, moderate pain is 4-6 and severe pain is 7-10.
- Please know that it is rare to have no pain based on your procedure or the condition in which you were admitted to the hospital. Many people can tolerate a minimal amount of pain for a short period. Please work with your nurse to decide a level that is tolerable for you.
- When setting a comfort (pain relief) goal with your nurse, it is important that this goal complement the key activities you need to be able to perform during your stay such as deep breathing, walking and visiting with family.
- It is important to report pain to your nurse, discuss the medication options available to you and agree on the medication that is best for the pain you are experiencing at the time.
- We would also like to suggest non-medication methods for decreasing pain such as repositioning in bed, hot or cold options, or taking a walk. Discuss these with your nurse to see if one or more can help.
- Talk with your physician, nurse or the charge nurse if you feel your pain is not being well controlled. It is our goal to do everything we can to help you with your pain. Thank you for entrusting us with your care. We are here to help you recover as quickly and comfortably as possible.