- 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.
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.
Regular re-evaluation is crucial to appropriate pain management.