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Introduction of a paediatric pain management protocol improves assessment and management of pain in children in the emergency department
  1. S Eisen,
  2. K Amiel
  1. Paediatric and Adolescent Directorate, University College London Hospital, London, UK
  1. Sarah Eisen, 299B Upper Street, London N1 2TU, UK; saraheisen{at}

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We have demonstrated the success of a pain scoring system and corresponding analgesia protocol in improving pain management in children attending the emergency department (ED). Pain is often suboptimally managed in children1 despite evidence that quantification of pain severity is vital to enable provision of appropriate analgesia, and has been shown to reduce time to analgesia in previous studies.2 Prior to our audit, no protocol for paediatric pain assessment and management was in use in our …

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