Re: THE RIGHT TO BE PAIN FREE - is this for USA?

Thu Mar 8 02:41:52 2001

At Wed, 7 Mar 2001, Wally wrote: >
>Are these new standards for the USA? or are they some kind of global
>guideline??? If it isn't it should be!
>At Wed, 7 Mar 2001, wrote:
>>New standards from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
>>Organizations (JCAHO) say patients have a right to feel no pain. These
>>standards require that healthcare organizations tell you that you have a
>>right to pain relief: Many people do not know they do. Healthcare
>>organizations that do not provide effective pain relief can lose their
>>accreditation. Hospitals and surgery centers now cannot discharge you if your
>>pain is intolerable. What's more, they must check on you at home to make sure
>>you are pain-free.
>>The new JCAHO standards apply to all kinds of pain, including chronic pain
>>and pains from unknown causes. Every time a healthcare professional takes
>>your pulse, temperature, and blood pressure, you should be asked if you are
>>in pain. If you are, the examiner should ask about what your pain feels like,
>>and how it responds to treatments.
>><A HREF="aol://4344:PP:55074689:14945508,aol://1223:45877/">How to Describe Your Pain--and Get Relief</A>
>><A HREF="aol://4344:PP:55074689:14945509,aol://1223:45877/">Treating Pain With Narcotics</A>
>>Source: <A HREF="aol://4344:PP:55074689:14945511,aol://1223:45877/aol://1223:45877/">CBSHealthWatch</A>
>You will never never know.......if you don't give it a go :)

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