Pain assessment for children: overcoming challenges and optimizing care.

@article{Drendel2011PainAF,
  title={Pain assessment for children: overcoming challenges and optimizing care.},
  author={Amy L Drendel and Brian T. Kelly and Samina Ali},
  journal={Pediatric emergency care},
  year={2011},
  volume={27 8},
  pages={773-81}
}
There is growing evidence that children have short- and long-term physical, physiological, and psychological effects due to untreated acute pain. Because the majority of children who seek care in an emergency department present with pain or experience pain during the evaluation and treatment in the emergency department, optimal assessment and treatment of pain are paramount for this population. This review will highlight the many complexities of the assessment of pain for the pediatric patient… CONTINUE READING