Journal article

Procedural pain and distress in young children as perceived by medical and nursing staff

Franz E Babl, Christine Mandrawa, Ronan O'Sullivan, Dianne Crellin

PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Currently there is no comparison of pain and distress experienced by young children undergoing a range of procedures. This would be important when considering choices between alternative management approaches and to facilitate development of measures to reduce procedural pain and distress. We set out to determine staff perceptions of pain and distress across a range of common emergency procedures. METHODS: Standardised survey of medical and nursing staff in the emergency department (ED) of a large urban tertiary children's hospital. Staff perceptions of pain and distress of common ED procedures were measured using a 10 cm visual analogue scale. It included 15 common ED procedur..

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