Next steps in ICU pain research
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Assessment and management of pain in intensive care unit (ICU) patients have profited from 25 years of research. Many advances have been made to identify when patient pain is present and to test interventions that will improve patient comfort. This article highlights ICU pain research advances, identifies gaps that need attention, and suggests “next steps” in pain research.
Next steps in ICU pain assessment research
Routine monitoring of pain in all adult ICU patients using validated assessment tools that are adapted to the patient’s ability to communicate is an essential practice requirement . While self-report scales have been compared and validated in ICU patient populations , behavioral scales are necessary for patients unable to self-report. The Behavioral Pain Scale (BPS) and the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) have shown the most robust psychometric properties for use in many ICU patients , including delirious patients [4, 5]. Yet, their...
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