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An audit of patient perception compared with medical and nursing staff estimation of pain during burn dressing changes

Rae, C.P., Gallagher, G., Watson, S., and Kinsella, J. (2000) An audit of patient perception compared with medical and nursing staff estimation of pain during burn dressing changes. European Journal of Anaesthesiology, 17 (1). pp. 43-45. ISSN 0265-0215 (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2346.2000.00600.x)

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Abstract

In order to prescribe appropriate analgesia for burns dressing changes the pain experienced by 30 burned patients during this procedure was recorded. Patients received analgesia prior to their dressing changes according to the current protocol in the burns unit. During the same period the medical and nursing staff in the unit who were involved in prescribing and administering the analgesia for the dressing change, were asked to assess the severity of pain that they thought patients experienced during dressing changes. Patients recorded their worst pain as none or mild in 64% of procedures. In contrast, no surgeon and only one nurse, rated pain as none or mild. The discrepancy between severity of pain recorded by patients and the pain predicted by staff prescribing and administering analgesia has clinical implications.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Kinsella, Prof John
Authors: Rae, C.P., Gallagher, G., Watson, S., and Kinsella, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Journal Name:European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ltd.
ISSN:0265-0215
ISSN (Online):1365-2346
Published Online:16 August 2006

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