Acute pain relief in children: use of rating scales and analgesia

Vidar Melby, Charlene McBride, Alexandra McAfee
Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association 2011, 19 (6): 32-7
Evidence suggests that children who are in pain and who present to emergency departments receive sub-optimal pain assessment and relief. Many factors contribute to this unacceptable quality of care, including emergency nurses' lack of knowledge about the appropriate pain assessment tools. This article refers to a literature review and case study to discuss children's pain assessment tools. It concludes that an education programme for emergency nurses could be provided to augment their awareness of best practice pain assessment and management guidelines.

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