Barriers to pain management in emergency departments
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Barriers to pain management in emergency departments

Martin Duignan Advanced nurse practitioner candidate, Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
Virginia Dunn Former lecturer, Trinity College, Dublin

MARTIN DUIGNAN and VIRGINIA DUNN explore the literature to identify possible reasons for sub-optimal pain management in emergency departments

Research shows that pain is the primary issue for more than 70 per cent of patients who present at emergency departments (EDs) (Tanabe and Buschmann 1999, Tcherny-Lessenot et al 2003), making it the most prevalent reason for attendance.

Emergency Nurse. 15, 9, 30-34. doi: 10.7748/en2008.02.15.9.30.c8179

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