Wednesday, April 6, 2016

To Infinity, And Beyond

From the GomerBlog. Why stop the pain scale at ten? You know those chronic pain patients who are taking multiple narcotics every 3-4 hours at home while wearing multiple fentanyl patches? They are sitting in preop screaming in pain even though not a single sharp object has touched their skin yet? You ask them what their pain scale is on a scale of 1-10 and they reply 15?

The Joint Commission has proposed expanding the Wong-Baker pain scale to inifinite. That way patients will know that their doctors will take them seriously when they complain their pain is 25 out of 10 and they need their preop Dilaudid NOW.

It's a sad statement about the opioid epidemic in the U.S. when this satire unfortunately rings all too true.

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