Nearly all patients admitted to an acute or critical care unit will experience pain during their stay. Untreated pain causes dissatisfaction for patients and their families. There are many issues related to pain assessment, especially in the nonverbal, sedated, or cognitively impaired adult. It is important that the tool chosen to evaluate pain is easy to use and has been validated for the patient population.
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Linda Bell; Pain Assessment in Adult Nonverbal or Sedated Patients. Am J Crit Care 1 July 2010; 19 (4): 356. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2010157
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