Actions to improve documented pain assessment in adult patients with injury to the upper extremities at the Emergency Department A cross-sectional study

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Sturesson , L , Lindstrom , V , Castren , M , Niemi-Murola , L & Falk , A -C 2016 , ' Actions to improve documented pain assessment in adult patients with injury to the upper extremities at the Emergency Department A cross-sectional study ' , International Emergency Nursing , vol. 25 , pp. 3-6 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2015.06.006

Title: Actions to improve documented pain assessment in adult patients with injury to the upper extremities at the Emergency Department A cross-sectional study
Author: Sturesson, L.; Lindstrom, V.; Castren, M.; Niemi-Murola, L.; Falk, A. -C.
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum



Date: 2016-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: International Emergency Nursing
ISSN: 1755-599X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2015.06.006
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/223936
Abstract: Background: Pain is one of the most common symptoms in the Emergency Department (ED) and is the cause of more than half of the visits to the ED. Several attempts to improve pain management have been done by using, for example, standards/guidelines and education. To our knowledge no one has investigated if and how different actions over a longitudinal period affect the frequency of pain documentation in the ED. Therefore the aim of this study was to describe the frequency of documented pain assessments in the ED. Method: A cross-sectional study during 2006-2012 was conducted. The care of patients with wrist/arm fractures or soft tissue injuries on upper extremities was evaluated. Result: Despite various actions our result shows that mandatory pain assessment in the patient's computerized medical record was the only successful intervention to improve the frequencies of documentation of pain assessment during care in the ED. During the study period, no documentation of reassessment of pain was found despite the fact that all patients received pain medication. Conclusion: To succeed in increasing the frequency of documented pain assessment, mandatory pain rating is a successful action. However, the re-evaluation of documented pain assessment was nonexisting. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Emergency care
Acute pain
Pain management
Pain assessments
Guidelines
Evidence based care
Documentation
MANAGEMENT
OLIGOANALGESIA
INTERVENTIONS
ANALGESIA
FRACTURES
MEDICINE
AUDIT
TIME
CARE
3126 Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
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