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Dynamics. 2005 Fall;16(3):26-31.

Improving pain management for critically ill and injured patients.

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Post-Anesthetic Unit, Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.


The under-treatment of pain continues to be a problem in patient care. Evidence shows a significant percentage of patients suffering with acute and chronic pain, despite the treatment options available. This must be addressed, as undertreating pain has a long list of negative outcomes. In this article, the author reviews the consequences of unrelieved pain, barriers to pain management, and recommendations for improvements. As health care professionals, nurses have a responsibility to advocate for patients and provide the best pain management possible. Efforts to improve pain management will help avoid complications, such as chronic pain syndrome, while improving comfort, function, and quality of life.

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