Pain management during wound dressing in children
Stefan Nilsson Pain management nurse, Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden, School of Health Sciences, Borás University, Sweden
Ann-Christine Renning Registered nurse and specialist in children’s wound care, Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
This article reviews the literature describing pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies that nurses can use to manage pain during wound dressing in children aged between one and 18 years in cases where general anaesthesia is not required. The article discusses the assessment of wound pain and anxiety in children and describes the choices available to nurses when managing pain and anxiety during wound dressings.
Nursing Standard. 26, 32,50-55. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.04.26.32.50.c9046Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review