There is no benefit to suffering with pain. That's why it is important for you to communicate with your health care providers about any pain you may experience. Your health care providers are concerned about your pain and will routinely ask you to rate your pain on a scale of zero to 10. Pain usually can be well-controlled with medications. It may not be possible to completely eliminate your pain, but we will make every effort to make it tolerable. You have the right to receive pain management for acute, chronic and terminal conditions and to expect reasonable pain control. Please feel free to ask your health care providers any questions about your pain and pain control options.
Acute, chronic and cancer pain continues to be a major concern for the consumer and the healthcare professionals who assist them. Under treated pain may increase the time a patient stays in the hospital or may make it difficult for the patient to care for himself/herself and return to optimal functioning. Recognizing the impact and consequences of pain, the JCAHO (Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals Organization) that accredits 80% of the nation’s hospitals, has included improved pain management as an imperative in the survey process for hospitals. Genesis Medical Center takes the responsibility of improving pain management very seriously and offers the following information to staff and consumers.
Download our Pain Guidelines Booklet.