An astonishing 89% of children still deal with pain during a hospital stay, according to new research conducted at John Hopkins Children's Center. In fact, nearly 40% of children report experiencing moderate to severe pain during their stay. Girls, older children, and children admitted for surgical procedures were more likely to report experiencing pain within this study. With pain often considered the fifth vital sign, the study results point to the overarching importance of gaining a better understanding of pediatric pain. Researchers also emphasize the need for additional studies focused on pain management in younger/non-verbal children as well as more effective ways to assess and treat pain in all children.
How does your hospital assess and treat pain in pediatric patients?