• By Dana Sparks

On the Road with Mayo Clinic: Next Stops – Phoenix and Scottsdale

April 23, 2014

 150th Mobile Exhibit banner with truck

 Bringing the Story of Mayo Clinic to the People in a One-of-a-Kind Exhibit

Mayo Clinic takes its story to the public in a free exhibit 

Look for this truck on your U.S. and Canada travels April through October

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Route 66 gas tank sign on 150th Mobile Exhibit trip

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Please click here, to find out more about Mayo Clinic's 150th Anniversary. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Eisenman, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,
507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

WATCH: 'In The Loop' reporter Hoyt Finnamore and photographer Elizabeth Harty trek through the desert this week, looking for the traveling truck. Read more:  In The Loop.



Is it just me, or is this an update about pain monitoring. It may seem like a wording arguement to us, but to our patients there is a big difference. As a paitent I would like to see a decrease in pain monitoring, it sends the wrong message to our paitents to ask them how much pain they are in if we are not going to do anything for them. Many times I'm asked about pain, and the number is written down and then the doctor says they can't do anything about it. Don't monitor the pain unless you are going to manage the pain, please.


I would agree with the previous comment. My daughter was asked to rate pain but nothing was done about it. We have Pain Management Programs but nothing is done, in her case, to develop a pain management strategy. Instead individuals with back pain (she had L4-L5 fusion)are labeled drug seekers. Maybe some are but not all. Don't be quick to judge and indeed do not ask to rate pain if you are not going to address/treat it or teach them how to live with it.


Another way to look at this is to remember that pain is not something that health care professionals can easily measure like blood pressure or weight. So when you are asked your pain, that is the only way for us to consistently measure and track your pain. That way we have something to review and to try and find trends so that we can best meet the needs of the patient. Another element that is important to remember is communcation. It may appear that your pain is not being addressed, but maybe your provider thought they were addressing it by treating the underlying condition (i.e. providing a prescription to treat gout, but not a pain medication to handle the pain associated with gout). Communication is essential and allows you to be your own advocate in your healthcare.


The problem I have, personally, is that this scale doesn't make sense to me. When asked to imagine the worst pain possible, what comes to mind is someone who is burned over 50% of their body and I don't feel that I would have pain anywhere near that. So when I say my pain is a 2, what does that really offer?


Hear hear!


If a person's pain is not documented, then nothing will be done about it. If a pain service consult is put through the service needs to be able to look back at charting to gather data about the situation before making recommendations. Yes, talking to the patient is also necessary, but reviewing documentation is helpful for the services.

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Jorge Trejo-Gutierrez, M.D.