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Chapter 44: Pain Management Chapter 44: Pain Management Potter et al.: Fundamentals of Nursing, 9th Edition MULTIPLE CHOICE 1.An oriented patient has recently had surgery. Which action is best for... the nurse to take to assess this patient’s pain? a. Assess the patient’s body language. b. Ask the patient to rate the level of pain. c. Observe the cardiac monitor for increased heart rate. d. Have the patient describe the eᴀ洅ect of pain on the ability to cope. ANS: B One of the most subjective and therefore most useful characteristics for reporting pain is its severity. Therefore, the best way to assess a patient’s pain is to ask the patient to rate the pain. Nonverbal communication, such as body language, is not as eᴀ洅ective in assessing pain, especially when the patient is oriented. Heart rate sometimes increases when a patient is in pain, but this is not a symptom that is speciᴀ밄c to pain. Pain sometimes aᴀ洅ects a patient’s ability to cope, but assessing the eᴀ洅ect of pain on coping assesses the patient’s ability to cope; it does not assess the patient’s pain. DIF:Apply (application)REF:1025 OBJ:Assess a patient experiencing pain.TOP:Assessment 10/15/2016 Chapter 44: Pain Management | Nursing Test Banks http://boostgrade.info/chapter44painmanagement/ 2/26 MSC: Physiological Adaptation 2.A nurse is caring for a patient who recently had abdominal surgery and is experiencing severe pain. The patient’s blood pressure is 110/60 mm Hg, and heart rate is 60 beats/min. Additionally, the patient does not appear to be in any distress. Which response by the nurse is most therapeutic? a. “Your vitals do not show that you are having pain; can you describe your pain?” [Show More]

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