Intranasal diamorphine in children with trauma
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Intranasal diamorphine in children with trauma

Hannah Skuse Staff and research nurse, Frenchay Hospital emergency department, North Bristol NHS Trust
Vanessa Lawlor Staff and research nurse, Frenchay Hospital emergency department, North Bristol NHS Trust

Hannah Skuse and Vanessa Lawlor consider methods and outcomes of analgesia among children experiencing pain after severe injuries

This article discusses the administration of intranasal diamorphine as an analgesia in paediatric trauma care. The authors outline evidence for its use and discuss a recent multicentre safety study of an intranasal diamorphine product. In addition, they advise emergency department nurses on administering the analgesia, and offer guidelines for determining patient suitability and post-administration assessment.

Emergency Nurse. 20, 9,14-19. doi: 10.7748/en2013.02.20.9.14.e694

Correspondence

hannah.skuse@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 06 August 2012

Accepted: 28 November 2012