The assessment and management of pain in children is not always easy and it is clearly more difficult in the critical care setting. Pain management is further complicated in this vulnerable population by the nature of their critical condition, the complexity and multidimensionality of their illness or injuries, and the intensity of emotions in this environment. A variety of pain syndromes are encountered in the pediatric intensive care unit, and the staff there may not be familiar with or comfortable managing these cases. Pain assessment and treatment can be more appropriately managed when guided by the experts of a multidisciplinary pediatric pain service.
Pain Management| July 01 2005
Complex Pain Consultations in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Helen N. Turner, MSN, RN, CNS, APRN, BC
From the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2005) 16 (3): 388–395.
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Helen N. Turner; Complex Pain Consultations in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 July 2005; 16 (3): 388–395. doi:
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