Journal article

The Use of the Faces, Legs, Activity, Cry and Consolability Scale to Assess Procedural Pain and Distress in Young Children

Franz E Babl, Dianne Crellin, Joyce Cheng, Thomas P Sullivan, Ronan O'Sullivan, Adrian Hutchinson

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2012

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Young children frequently undergo diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the emergency department (ED). Although developed and validated for postoperative pain, Face, Legs, Activity, Cry, Consolability (FLACC) behavioral pain scores have been recommended and used for the assessment of procedural pain as well. We set out to assess if FLACC scores can differentiate pain and distress and establish a hierarchy of FLACC scores experienced during common ED procedures. METHODS: Prospective observational study at an urban tertiary children's hospital ED. We aimed to recruit 30 children each aged 6 to 42 months undergoing intravenous cannula (IV) insertion, nasogastric tube (NGT) inse..

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