The first step to optimize pain treatment, is to assess pain adequately. Pain scores have been developed and validated in the acute setting for this purpose. They can also be used to evaluate results of administered analgesics and ideally should be recorded more than once.
Which pain score is best to use in the Emergency Department? Should pain treatment always be guided by pain scores? Are pain scores superior to other Patient Reported Outcome Measurements (PROMs)?
Are pain scoring systems as valuable as we think they are?
Validation and several aspects of pain scoring systems and its use in the Emergency Department will be handled here in the near-future.
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