High Heart Rate Alerts Leading to Identification of Pain in a Non-Communicative Patient
An 85 year old non-communicative female with dementia admitted with hairline fracture of the right shoulder.
On the 6th day of hospitalization, at 11:20 AM: High HR Alerts (140 BPM) and increased RR (30 Br/min)
The patient was unable to verbalize her needs, but appeared to be uncomfortable.
A physician recognized inadequate pain control.
The patient’s pain control medication was upgraded.
The patient became more comfortable.
HR and RR decreased.
Post-Acute Care Dep., Nursing Home, NY, USA