One thing I do a lot at work is pulling out feeding tubes. In my experience, this is a very painful procedure. It almost always really, really hurts. If it's a balloon tube, it won't hurt, but if it's not, I'm pretty sure it's really painful. Most patients look at me like they want to punch me in the face when it's over. One patient said to me, "I can't believe someone so small could cause me so much pain."
So I do now warn patients before I do it that it will hurt.
There was an NP who used to pull out all the tubes before I worked here (she left), and a therapist was telling me today while I was pulling one out, "She used to be really good. She didn't even tell them what she was doing then she'd just yank it out."
So I said, "Is it really better not to warn them?"
I mean, I don't want to freak a patient out and scare them, but I also don't want to lie and say that it won't hurt when I know it does. A few patients have told me it's one of the most painful things they'd ever experienced.
I don't know. Is it better to lie about it or to be honest and scare them?