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    Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT)

    Rates critically ill patients’ pain based on clinical observation.
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    • The CPOT is designed to scale the pain of patients who are unable to report it themselves through objective findings.
    • The CPOT has good interrater reliability in multiple studies and high a sensitivity when patients are in pain.

    Management

    For those patients with a CPOT score of ≤ 2:

    • There is likely minimal to no pain present. Consider re-evaluation in the future.

    For those patients with a CPOT score of >2:

    • There is an unacceptable level of pain. Consider further or alternative analgesia and sedation.

    Critical Actions

    Regular re-evaluation is crucial to appropriate pain management.

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