The experiences of intensive care nurses in the assessment and intervention of pain relief in children

Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil, .
Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P (Impact Factor: 0.45). 10/2012; 46(5):1074-1081. DOI: 10.1590/S0080-62342012000500006
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Descriptive survey of daily practical experiences of pediatric nurses in the assessment and intervention to pain relief in children, during nursing care provided in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, and the influence of the infrastructure of care and system organization. The sample was made up of 109 nurses. The principal results indicated that the majority of the nurses considered the academic training obtained as insufficient to support this aspect of nursing care; that they had not received local training in evaluating pain or in relief interventions; that the staff ratio is inadequate and as well as the availability of institutional guidelines to improve the quality of analgesia. It was concluded that nurses value the assessment and intervention to pain relief in children, but describe aspects which compromise practice: lack of collaborative practice, lack of processes definition, lack of formal and continuing education and lack of infrastructure. These aspects compromide the implementation of scientific evidences capable of improving practical aspects of analgesia in children under intensive care.

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    • "Pölkki et al. (2001) explain that it is important to be cognizant and respectful of the child's age and developmental level when information is given, so that it is accessible, appropriate and comprehensible to the child. Santos et al. (2012) show that several nurses had experiences with children who had suffered pain unnecessarily because of inadequate pain assessment. The parents in this study developed ambivalent feelings about ICU monitoring equipment. "
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