Pediatric Acute Pain Management, A Fast Paced, Noisy Environment For Children Of All Ages

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Pediatric acute pain management it one of the top priorities in pediatric nursing. It is one of the top reasons to seek medical care. Acute pain refers to pain that is not long-lasting. This could be from a medical procedure, injury, illness, or simple operation. Depending on what causes the pain it could last from a few seconds to a few weeks. The use of a combination of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain interventions can improve pain control in the pediatric patient. According to HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample almost 129 million visits to the emergency department in 2009, children ages 0-17 years accounted for 28 million or 22% of visits. These visits to the emergency department and the anticipation of the unknown for children raises their anxiety and stress levels, which also increases their pain level. The emergency department is a fast paced, noisy environment for children of all ages. Nurses are challenged to assess pediatric patients with the various pediatric pain scales and treat acute pain effectively. Pain is assessed by either observational, behavioral and physiological or self-reporting using one or more of the following resources, depending on the hospital: CRIES (Crying, Oxygen requirement, Increased vital signs, facial Expression, Sleep), NIPS (Neonatal/Infants Pain Scale), FLACC (Face, Legs, Activity, Crying, Consolability scale), Wong-Baker Faces (6 cartoon faces showing increasing degrees of distress. Face 0 signifies…

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