"Stoplight Pain Scale" – Case Study
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For the Pain Comic, Booster Shot collaborated with emergency physician Amy Drendel, who studies pain management and pain assessment in pediatric patients. The project addressed two needs identified by her work. First, interviews with children who had been seen for fractures or sprains suggested kids underreport pain to their parents. Second, other research highlighted the challenges of pain assessment with the tools currently available. Both of these issues result in poor pain management.
You can learn more about the project and research at: StoplightPainScale.com
Stoplight Pain Scale
Booster Shot has also developed a new pain scale that may help kids more easily communicate with adults. The simplified three-point scale combines colors, facial expression, and text. Dr. Drendel is testing this new pain scale, along with the comic among pediatric patients seen in the emergency department.