Pain management in children
Summary and nursing implications of the latest updates to clinical practice.
In a three-year study published in 2012, the National Pain Audit found that 8% of children in the UK experience severe pain.
Pain is often misunderstood, undiagnosed and untreated, especially in children. Reasons may include difficulties in assessing severity, with children not appearing to be distressed or having difficulty communicating their pain.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has published best-practice guidance on managing pain in children, adapted and updated from its 2013 guideline.
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