Assessment and management of pain in children following traumatic limb injury
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Assessment and management of pain in children following traumatic limb injury

Shiela Pantrini Advanced clinical practitioner/educator, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Emergency Directorate, Birmingham

Children with acute musculoskeletal pain caused by traumatic injury often present to emergency departments (EDs). However, there is a tendency for practitioners to underestimate the level and intensity of children's pain, and there is variation in pain assessments and management. This article discusses the assessment and management of pain in children who attend EDs following acute traumatic limb injury. It uses a case study to illustrate some of the points raised, and offers evidenced-based guidance on assessment and management of children's pain following acute traumatic limb injury.

Emergency Nurse. 24, 6, 32-39. doi: 10.7748/en.2016.e1624

Correspondence

spbusy02@gmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 July 2016

Accepted: 12 September 2016

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