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Pain management in Swedish neonatal units: a national survey
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (Stress och smärta i nyföddhetsperioden)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5996-2584
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 97, no 7, 870-874 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the degree to which Swedish neonatal units have adopted the national guidelines for prevention and treatment of pain in newborn infants. METHOD: A survey was sent to all units in Sweden that provide neonatal care. For a list of potentially painful procedures, compiled from the national neonatal pain guidelines, the units were asked if they would use pharmacological and/or behavioural interventions, and in each case to specify the treatment. RESULTS: The response rate was 80.4%. Eighty-eight percent of the units had written guidelines for pain management, and 59% of these had been updated within the last 2 years. For almost every presented case, all units reported that they used either pharmacological or behavioural treatment or both. The survey showed a wide variation in morphine and paracetamol dosing and the absence of a paracetamol loading dose in a fourth of the units. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that a majority of Swedish neonatal units have adopted pain management guidelines in concordance with the Swedish national guidelines, and kept them up-to-date. For most painful situations a variety of behavioural and pharmacological interventions are used, often in combination.

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2008. Vol. 97, no 7, 870-874 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences Pediatrics
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Pediatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6918DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.00826.xPubMedID: 18462467OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6918DiVA: diva2:219005
Available from: 2009-05-25 Created: 2009-05-25 Last updated: 2016-12-05Bibliographically approved

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