Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Keywords
pain management; non-pharmacological; quality improvement
Key points
  1. Newborn infants are capable of experiencing pain.
  2. Infants requiring specialist hospital care are likely to experience painful medical procedures.
  3. Unmanaged pain has a long-lasting impact on an infant’s behaviour and physiological status.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 10/ISSUE 1, JANUARY 2014
Managing neonatal pain while rationalising the use of morphine using a structured systematic approach
A structured, systematic approach to assess and manage ongoing pain in preterm ventilated infants in a tertiary neonatal unit was successfully implemented. In order to assess efficacy of the pain management project, a retrospective observational study analysing data pre- and post-implementation was performed. The study enabled development of practical guidance for optimising the use of morphine in this group of infants.

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