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Using pain to assess neurologic response

Lower, Judith "Ski" MSN, RN, CCRN (alumnus), CNRN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000384056.24338.88
Department: Topics in Progressive Care

This illustrated guide explains various techniques for assessing a patient's neurologic response through painful stimuli, which are used when a patient doesn't respond to verbal stimuli or gentle shaking.

Judith "Ski" Lower recently retired as nurse-manager of the neurologic critical care unit and neurovascular intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Adapted from Lower J. Facing neuro assessment fearlessly. Nursing2002; 33(6):56–57.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.