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from BERNAMA, The Malaysian National News Agency PUTRAJAYA, June 5 (Bernama) -- By January 2011, "Pain As the Fifth Vital Sign" will be implemented in all government hospitals, Director-General of Health Tan Sri Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said today.
He said this was part of the five vital signs project to promote nurse- patient and doctor-patient interaction and improve patient satisfaction.
The other vital signs are blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate and temperature.
"Making pain as the fifth vital sign leads to better awareness and better management of pain. Routine assessment of pain results in more holistic patient care and correct …