Burn Injury and Treatment Pain

  • Marlene Maron
  • Joseph P. Bush


Pediatric burn injuries pose tremendous physical and psychological challenges to victims and their families. Burns are among the most excruciatingly painful of injuries, and treatment procedures can be extremely aversive as well. Unfortunately, the signal function of acute pain, that of motivating adaptive avoidance behavior, may interfere with adaptation to debridement and other therapies aimed at facilitating skin healing and minimizing difficulties such as contractures and scarring. In addition to pain, children with severe burns are confronted with the possibility of life-altering disability and disfigurement. Discharge from the hospital may be followed by further disruption of life activities with the burn victim continuing to participate in aggressive physical and occupational therapies. Limitations in activities of daily living and on return to school are common. The intensity and duration of the stresses of treatment and recovery for the patient and family may well exceed their expectations. For the burned child, the physical pain of the injuries and treatment are often coupled with considerable psychological distress, blurring any distinction between physical pain and emotional distress. Assessment and intervention should therefore address both physical and emotional concomitants of injury-related and procedural pain as well as the psychological consequences of disfigurement and altered body image for the child and family.


Pain Behavior Wound Care Painful Procedure Psychological Disturbance Anxiety Management 
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  • Joseph P. Bush

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