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Health care debates: pain in coma exams.

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Associate Professor Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN has addressed a clinical and policy issue in "Justified Use of Painful Stimuli in the Coma Examination: A Neurologic and Ethical Rationale" (Neurocritical Care, March 2009). Rushton, an expert in medical ethics, proposes an assessment tool to identify appropriate boundaries for conducting coma examinations that involve infliction of pain. She observes "Since nurses routinely assess patients' levels of consciousness, we are ideally positioned to model and demonstrate respectful, compassionate coma assessments for all members of the treatment team." Professor Rushton is a member of MNA District 5.
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Title Annotation:Nursing Education
Publication:Maryland Nurse
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2009
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