Unpleasant sensory and emotional experience which we primarily associate with tissue damage or describe in terms of such damage, or both. Pain is whatever the person says it is.
Classify pain into acute and chronic pain.
Acute Pain- Usually associated with a recent injury
Chronic Pain- Usually associated with a specific cause or injury and described as a constant pain that persists for more than 6 months
Name the different physiologic responses to pain.
Emotional and psychological
Increased vital signs
Decreased gastrointestinal and urinary function
Increased release of hormones and neurotransmitters
Interview a client experiencing pain, collecting subjective and objective data.
Subj- Review past and family histories in terms of pain, Review health habits to determine how the pain interferes with the clients life, Watch for the clients facial expressions and grimaces during the interview, DO NOT put words in the clients mouth, Ask the client about past experiences with pain, Believe the clients expression of pain