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Pain in the Neonate: Focus on Nonpharmacologic Interventions

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The assessment and treatment of pain in the neonate, especially preterm neonates, has been a challenge in the NICU for many years. Nurses caring for these vulnerable patients are in a key position to not only recognize when the neonate is experiencing pain but to also work collaboratively with other health care providers in determining the best method to treat and help prevent pain associated with procedures and routine caregiving activities. The American Academy of Pediatrics along with parent groups has recognized the importance of pain-prevention programs in treating pain in the neonate. Nurses, by anticipating and reducing both painful procedures and bedside interruptions, along with innovative nonpharmacologic interventions, can dramatically decrease the neonate's exposure to pain and the potential for long-term effects. An overview of nonpharmacologic interventions in the treatment of neonatal pain is provided for NICU nurses to help them effectively reduce their patient's pain and discomfort.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2014

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