Providing pain relief for patients in the emergency department
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Providing pain relief for patients in the emergency department

Tanya Thomas Staff nurse in orthopaedics, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

This article examines literature on pain relief in the emergency department (ED). The term ‘emergency department’ has been substituted for ‘accident and emergency’ for the purposes of international continuity. Much of the available research paints a negative picture of pain assessment and management in this setting. However, there is evidence of positive developments in clinical practice that have the potential to improve the patient’s experience in the ED.

Correspondence tanyathomas.scotland@hotmail.com

Nursing Standard. 22, 9,41-45. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.11.22.9.41.c6233

Published in print: 07 November 2007

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review