The Stoplight Pain Scale is a new pediatric pain assessment tool created by Emergency Room Physician Amy Drendel, DO in collaboration with Booster Shot Media.

Stoplight Pain Scale

Pain is the most common reason for seeking healthcare. Under-treated pain is associated with detrimental effects. For children, injury is the most common cause of pain. Over 90% of children evaluated for injury induced pain are discharged home. There is growing evidence that out-patient pain treatment by parents, is inadequate.

Given the complexity of the pain experience, there are a number of factors that likely account for inadequate pain treatment for children. Pain assessment is a particularly difficult aspect of treatment for parents. Published literature shows that parents don’t use assessment tools. However, experiences with healthcare providers suggest that a pain assessment tool increases awareness for the pain experience. We sought to develop an assessment tool that alerts parents to the child’s pain experience and aids decision-making.