Pain Assessment in the Absence of Self-Reporting

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has issued a Practice Alert, “Assessing Pain in the Critically Ill Adult,” providing evidence-based recommendations and supporting documentation on assessing pain in critically ill patients, many of whom experience significant pain during hospitalization. Many critically ill patients cannot describe how they feel, due to their condition, sedation or mechanical ventilation, and untreated pain can lead to complications and chronic disabling pain. Read a news report here.


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