Dysphoria versus pain: Key points to remember
- Dysphoria and pain are different phenomena and necessitate different interventions.
- Inconsolable patients do not respond to interactions or manipulation of the affected area. These patients may present with visible third eyelids, minimal jaw tone and bradycardia.
- When uncertain about appropriate treatment method, first rule out pain.
- Once dysphoria is remedied, these patients still require appropriate pain management.
- Most importantly, sedation is not the correct intervention for every painful or dysphoric patient.