Pain AssessmentAssessment is essential to guide the effective management of burns pain. The most common pain assessment tools are verbal self report instruments such as the 0 – 10 numeric rating scale.
Verbal Numerical Rating Score (VNRS)
Ask the patient to rate their pain on a linear scale of zero to ten, where zero equals no pain and ten equals the worst pain imaginable. Ask the patient to rate their pain. Aim for pain scores of 4 or less at rest
Visual Analog Scale
Visual analog, face or color scales are also used and are useful when the patient has difficulty quantifying their pain numerically.
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