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10 Things You Need to Know About Pediatric Analgesia

By Team Pulsara on Jul 19, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared on EMS1.com. Special thanks to our guest author, Jonathan Lee, for EMS1 BrandFocus

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Make a plan for treating pediatric pain that includes managing unfamiliarity and stress in both the patient and their parents or caregivers

The most complete definition of pain is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage” (IASP). It is a highly complex and subjective condition in any patient.

With pediatrics, this complexity is intensified by the fact that paramedics don’t encounter pediatric patients as frequently, creating more unfamiliarity and stress. Challenges related to paramedic training and exposure to pediatrics often lead to myths and misconceptions. Here are 10 important things every provider should know about managing pain in children.

Topics: EMS Patient Safety Pediatrics