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Pain Management Pathway

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Pain Management Algorithm

This pathway is designed to be used in conjunction with the other pain management guidelines (see related content above) and ADHB pain policies, and assumes knowledge of these guidelines. The initial estimate of pain severity should be based on mechanism, expected duration, expected progress and pain level.

Pain should be assessed before and after analgesia in order to objectively assess progress. Always consider non-pharmacological strategies including explanation, relaxation, distraction and splinting.

Analgesia should be initiated as early as possible after triage e.g. Ametop, ALA, oral analgesia, N2O and IN Fentanyl

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Procedural Pain Management

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Document Control

  • Date last published: 20 February 2018
  • Document type: Clinical Guideline
  • Services responsible: Children’s Emergency Department
  • Author(s): Mike Shepherd
  • Editor: Greg Williams
  • Review frequency: 2 years

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