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Rehabil Nurs. 2018 Nov/Dec;43(6):315-326. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000095.

Development of a Postburn Pruritus Relief Protocol.

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Department of Nursing, California State University San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Postburn pruritus is a syndrome of stressful symptoms that is pervasive and occurs in over 90% of burn patients and continues for years after the burn has healed. Postburn pruritus is experienced by burn survivors that may require medical management and effective interventions.

PURPOSE:

This article shows how to effectively relieve postburn pruritus by developing a postburn pruritus relief protocol.

DESIGN:

A descriptive literature review was conducted, and relevant empirical articles written during the years 2000-2014 were appraised to create a postburn pruritus relief protocol. Twenty-six of 79 articles were selected using preestablished inclusion criteria: any age group experiencing burn-related pruritus after second- or third-degree burns. Databases were Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, EBSCO, PubMed, the National Guideline Clearinghouse, Google Scholar, and the American Burn Association website.

CONCLUSIONS:

This protocol included both nonpharmacological and pharmacological interventions that have been delineated for use and was developed to apply based on the healing stage: prehealing, healing, and posthealing.

PMID:
30395557
DOI:
10.1097/rnj.0000000000000095
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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