When patients are admitted to the hospital, their vital signs are checked at regular intervals. Vital signs include blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and percent oxygenation of the blood. A fifth vital sign includes rating pain on a scale of 0-10. Since pain is such a subjective thing, the scale includes pictures to help the rater identify where they lie on the scale.
Pain Measurement Scale (CLICK THE LINK TO SEE PIC)
A better pain chart has been made and it’s circling around the interwebz like crazy. So I thought I’d share it with all y’all.
A Better Pain Chart (CLICK LINK TO SEE PIC)
I deleted the pic to avoid copyright infringement, so I’ll paraphrase the scale…
0: No pain
1: Not sure if I’m in pain
2: Just need a band-aid
3: Distressed; don’t like what’s happening
4: Pain is not effing around
5: Why is this happening to me???
6: Ow. Pain is super legit right now
7: I see Jesus coming for me and I’m scared
8: Pain is disturbing. I may be dying
9: I am almost definitely dying
10: I am actually being mauled by a bear
11: Blood will explode out my face any moment
Too Serious for Numbers: You probably have ebola. It appears you may also be suffering from stigmata and/or pinkeye
Quite useful, isn’t it?