August 2004, Volume 34 Number 8 , p 8 - 8
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8) August 2004 p 8 Taking the fifth [LETTERS]
BAIER, WENDY RN, CNS, MSN
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In a recent article about making end-of-shift reports, you missed an opportunity to remind nurses to include a pain assessment, including any interventions taken and the patient's response to treatment. Consistently communicating about pain, the “fifth vital sign,” will go a long way toward resolving the problem of continued undertreatment of pain in the acute care setting.