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Pain management in major paediatric trauma and burns 

Pain management in major paediatric trauma and burns
Pain management in major paediatric trauma and burns

Greta M. Palmer

and Franz E. Babl

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date: 29 July 2021

Pain management in major paediatric trauma and burns is challenging. It involves many phases including pre-hospital and emergency department care, ward management frequently including intensive care, and multiple operative and procedural interventions (as inpatients and later outpatients). Distress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (from the primary event and the ensuing in-hospital and post-discharge course), itch, neuropathic pain (in addition to pain of nociceptive origin), and sleep disorders frequently affect major trauma and burns victims and can persist long term. An evidence-based discussion follows of the pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions employed during these various phases to address pain and the associated issues in these patients.

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