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Nursing2015

August 2004, Volume 34 Number 8 , p 8 - 8 [FREE]

Author

  • WENDY BAIER RN, CNS, MSN

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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8)             August 2004             p 8 Taking the fifth [LETTERS]

BAIER, WENDY RN, CNS, MSN

Bellingham, Wash.

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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.

—WENDY ...

 

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.

 

-WENDY BAIER, RN, CNS, MSN

 

Bellingham, Wash.

 

The comments appearing in this column are excerpted from readers' correspondence. Send your letter, complete mailing address, and credentials to: Letters Editor, Nursing2004, 323 Norristown Rd., Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002, or e-mail to nursing@lww.com. Please include your e-mail address and daytime telephone number.