Pain is harmful to newborn infants. Oral sucrose is safe, inexpensive, and effective at preventing and reducing pain in hospitalized babies who undergo invasive procedures. The sugar can be used alone or in combination with analgesics and other nonpharmacological interventions to provide analgesia. Parents expect nurses to serve as pain advocates for the parents’ newborns and to protect the babies from needless suffering. It is incumbent upon nurses to stay abreast of the current evidence and integrate use of oral sucrose into daily pain management practice in emergency, acute, and critical care units.
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Hospitalized Infants Who Hurt: A Sweet Solution With Oral Sucrose
Tracy Ann Pasek, RN, MSN, CCRN, CIMI;
Tracy Ann Pasek is an advanced practice nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Corresponding author: Tracy Ann Pasek, rn, msn, ccrn, cimi, Advanced Practice Nurse, Pain/PICU, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, One Children’s Hospital Dr, 4401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (e-mail: Tracy.Pasek@chp.edu).
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Crit Care Nurse (2012) 32 (1): 61-69.
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Tracy Ann Pasek, Jessica Marie Huber; Hospitalized Infants Who Hurt: A Sweet Solution With Oral Sucrose. Crit Care Nurse 1 February 2012; 32 (1): 61–69. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2012912
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