Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Shakespearean Wong-Baker

Wong, Donna, and Connie Baker. "Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale." Wong-Baker FACES Foundation. Originally published in Whaley & Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children. Copyright Elsevier, Inc. Web. 9 October 2012.

If you've spent any time in hospitals—and, unless you are employed in the medical profession in some way, I hope that you haven't had to—you've seen the Wong-Baker Faces. The scale is used to help assess a patient's level of discomfort or pain, and it's a marvelous resource.

I was wondering, though, if it might—with a little tweaking—be used to assess the pain of Shakespeare aficionados. Out of this thought arose the scale below:  The Shakespeare Edition of the Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale (click on it to enlarge it). And I do hope that each of you is on the 0 end of the scale (Rosalind, As You Like It, End of the Play) and will stay there for a considerable length of time.

Links: The Foundation's Official Web Site.

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