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Influences of nurses' scoring of children's postoperative pain

Simons, Joan and Moseley, Laurence (2009). Influences of nurses' scoring of children's postoperative pain. Journal of Child Health Care, 13(2) pp. 101–115.

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There is a lack of clarity as to why some nurses are not delivering optimal pain management to children post-operatively. This retrospective chart review study examined nurses’ pain scoring on 175 children during the first 24 hours post-operatively. Data were analysed on the amount of assessments made, assessment scores recorded, as well as the age, gender and type of surgery performed. One-quarter of children had no assessment record of their pain in the first 24 hours post-operatively. When the pain tool was part of an observation chart, nurses recorded more pain scores. Nurses’ scoring of children’s pain is influenced positively by children under five years of age and those who undergo abdominal surgery. Nurses who had access to one document for recording vital signs as well as pain scores were more likely to assess and record a child’s pain score than nurses who had to use a separate chart.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1741-2889
Keywords: assessment; pain; post-operative care
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 24741
Depositing User: Joan Simons
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 11:31
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 15:18
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