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Miscellaneous Clinical Information. NURSING STUDENTS. The following pain assessment tools are utilized at PSMH Numeric Pain Intensity Scale (NPIS) Visual Pain Analogue (VPA/faces) Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia(PAINAD)

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Assessing and managing pain

The following pain assessment tools are utilized at PSMH

Numeric Pain Intensity Scale (NPIS)

Visual Pain Analogue (VPA/faces)

Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia(PAINAD)

FLACC (face, legs, activity, cry and consolability) for non-verbal infant and pediatrics

Neonatal Intensity Pain Scale (NIPS) for neonates

Assessing and Managing Pain


Pain assessment

A comprehensive pain assessment is initiated on admission/arrival

Patients will be reassessed after administration of pain medications within a time consistent with the anticipated onset of effect of the specific medication administered.

Pain Assessment


Team communication

Students and Instructors must communicate care, progress and changes in patient conditions to the primary nurse with a frequency sufficient to support the patients plan of care

The ISBARQ communication tool is utilized for communication between members of the health care team

Team Communication


Isbarq

ISBARQ changes in patient conditions to the primary nurse with a frequency sufficient to support the patients plan of care will be the format utilized in all hand off communication

I- Introduction

S- Situation

B- Background

A- Assessment

R- Recommendation

Q- Questions

ISBARQ


Palliative care

PSMH employees and students will work collaboratively to ensure respectful and responsive care of the dying patient.

Needs of the dying patient will include psychological, social, emotional and spiritual support. Students will work collaboratively with nurses and instructors to provide this need for patients, families and friends.

Palliative Care


Color coded arm bands

The following color coded arm bands are utilized at PSMH ensure respectful and responsive care of the dying patient.

WHITE- patient identification

RED- allergies

YELLOW- fall risk

PINK-----no blood pressure, lab sticks, IVs, or injections to that extremity for any reason (lymphedema, dialysis site, mastectomy, etc.)

PURPLE- Do Not Resuscitate

GREEN- Blood Bank

Color Coded Arm Bands


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