As a patient, you have the right to pain control. Therefore, you are assured of the following:
- Your report of pain will be believed.
Your pain prevention and treatment is high priority - we consider it the fifth vital sign, along with temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration.
Although not all pain can be completely relieved, you will receive the most effective intervention that we can safely provide.
In each patient room, a poster on the wall explains the patient's role in helping to insure good pain control. This poster (shown below) also shows the pain scales we use to help patients describe their level of pain.