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Veterinary News


Article Editor: Carly Zander

Free Trial of New Pain Assessment Technology

New Pain Gauge® is a compact computerized device developed to provide an easy-to-use, objective tool for assessing pain and stress in animals

COLUMBUS, OHIO - June 24, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Public Health Information Services (PHIS), Inc., has announced they are making their recently launched Pain Gauge® available to veterinarians on a two-week, free trial basis. Consumers can sample the new technology by leasing the devices on a month-to-month basis. The first of its kind, the Pain Gauge® is a compact computerized device developed to provide an easy-to-use, objective tool for assessing pain and stress in animals.

The instrument was introduced by The Ohio State University Professor of Veterinary Anesthesia, Dr. William W. Muir, III, at the recent Assessment and Treatment of Pain and Distress in Animals conference. According to Muir, "The Pain Gauge® measures electrodermal skin conductance, which is related to stress in animals. Pain is one cause of stress in animals." The Pain Gauge® is equipped with customized sensors for use on a variety of species. Touching a non-fur/hair area of the body will generate a reading in one-second.

"The Pain Gauge® assists veterinary practices in meeting American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards, which require documentation of pain assessment and management on every animal at every visit," Benford stated. One highly-rated AAHA-accredited practice, Animal Care Unlimited, has made the "Pain Score" part of the patient's permanent record. In addition, Dr. Donya Dunlevy, a veterinarian with the practice states, "We have sent it [the Pain Gauge] home with owners to monitor pain in their animals, employed it to assess post-operative, hospitalized patients, and included it during outpatient examinations ... every patient that gets an exam will get a Pain Gauge® reading."

(c) PHIS, Inc. The Pain Gauge® also provides veterinary practices with a new revenue-generating source. The simple-to-use devices can be rented to pet owners on a per week basis. The Pain Gauges should be made available to any owners dealing with pain-related conditions including routine spays and neuters.

According to Benford, "All pet owners we surveyed said they would be eager to rent the Pain Gauge® if they thought it would help them manage their pet's pain." Suggested rental rates range from $15 to $25 per week. The device retails for $595 and can be leased from the company directly for $89.95/mo.

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