Parent-Assisted Patient Controlled Analgesia for Preoperational Children with Mucositis
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Patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation have greater than 75 chance of developing oral mucositis an extremely painful condition which can last up to three weeks. The most effective way to assess the degree of pain a patient is experiencing is to ask him. Many tools exist to help the nurse assess a childs pain, but their usefullness depends on the childs developmental abilities. All too often there is a discrepancy between the nurses assessment of the patients pain and the patients perception of the pain. This is especially problematic for children younger than 7 years of age who are typically unable to verbally describe their pain. Parents become a valuable resource for the nurse assessing a childs pain. One of the best ways in the adult population to manage pain is by using patient controlled analgesia PCA.
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