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New Paediatric Pain Assessment Guide Launched

21 August 2019

Regional Paediatric Pain Assessment

A new Paediatric Pain Assessment Guide has been launched this week. Paediatric staff from across the five Trusts regularly come together in the NI HSC Paediatric Collaborative to share ideas and improvements, and to learn from each other. The Collaborative is facilitated by the Improvement Hub for HSCQI.

Speaking at the event, Louise Mac Donald, Pain Nurse specialist in Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children commented :

’Pain Assessment at regular intervals with age -appropriate tools, is essential in managing all types of pain in children. It is important to document pain assessment scores and reassess to ensure any intervention required is effective. Verbal and non-verbal assessment may be used by Healthcare professionals, with the help of behavioural and self-report tools. The NI HSC Paediatric Collaborative has developed this regional guide to aid the pain assessment process and facilitate timely and appropriate interventions.’