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Clin Plast Surg. 2017 Jul;44(3):535-540. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2017.02.026. Epub 2017 Apr 18.

Sedation and Pain Management in Burn Patients.

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1
Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
2
Division of Burn and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
3
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
4
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. Electronic address: blevi@med.umich.edu.

Abstract

Although pain management is a major challenge for clinicians, appropriate pain control is the foundation of efficacious burn care from initial injury to long-term recovery. The very treatments designed to treat burn wounds may inflict more pain than the initial injury itself, making it the clinician's duty to embrace a multimodal treatment approach to burn pain. Vigilant pain assessment, meaningful understanding of the pathophysiology and pharmacologic considerations across different phases of burn injury, and compassionate attention to anxiety and other psychosocial contributors to pain will enhance the clinician's ability to provide excellent pain management.

KEYWORDS:

Anesthesia; Burn; Operative management; Pain management; Sedation

PMID:
28576242
PMCID:
PMC5642992
DOI:
10.1016/j.cps.2017.02.026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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