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PAIN

The fifth vital sign

American Pain Society 2003
Identifying pain as the fifth

vital sign suggests that the assessment of pain should be as automatic as taking a client s BP and pulse

whatever the person

says it is, existing whenever the experiencing person says it does McCaffery & Pasero, 1999
Emphasizes the highly

subjective nature of pain

Pain is the most

COMMON reason clients seek medical advice
Pain is a protective

mechanism or a warning to prevent further injury
PAIN

The fifth vital sign

American Pain Society 2003
Identifying pain as the fifth

vital sign suggests that the assessment of pain should be as automatic as taking a client s BP and pulse

whatever the person

says it is, existing whenever the experiencing person says it does McCaffery & Pasero, 1999
Emphasizes the highly

subjective nature of pain

Pain is the most

COMMON reason clients seek medical advice
Pain is a protective

mechanism or a warning to prevent further injury

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American Pain Society 2003
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Emphasizes the highlysubjective nature of pain

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