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Opiates & the Acute AbdomenRichard Buck firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat, 12 Apr 2003 20:37:18 -0500
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Have to laugh and agree, Dr Meade. However, such as it is, we face relativity in assessing a patient's perception of what constitutes "real pain" whether they were medicated and an antagonist used to facilitate more learned assessment or no analgesic was administered in the first place. You tell me which you prefer that I to bring you from the street. A tachy and diaphoretic patient with a perception of 12 of 10 pain or a calm pain free patient that you assess with whatever tools you deem appropriate. I honestly don't know... Message: 5 From: "Dr. John L. Meade" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: RE: Opiates & the Acute Abdomen Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 12:06:06 -0500 Organization: Emerald Healthcare Group Reply-To: email@example.com After we finish deciding this issue, I want someone to address "the = patient's true pain level". Not sure what that means. I think we have all seen = people writhing in pain from tiny lacerations or UTI's, and then other patients = who are so stoic it is incredible. Pain perception is totally subjective, with = emotional and cultural components that others may not understand or appreciate. Sorry. Back to our regularly scheduled debate. =20 John L. Meade, MD, FACEP=20 Emergency Medicine Specialist Emerald Healthcare Group, P.A.