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Neonates - Management of Procedure - Related Pain

Doc type: Policy Directive
Compliance with this policy directive is mandatory.

Doc No.: PD2006_060

Functional Group - Sub Group:
Clinical/ Patient Services - Maternity
Clinical/ Patient Services - Baby and child
Clinical/ Patient Services - Pathology
Clinical/ Patient Services - Nursing and Midwifery
Clinical/ Patient Services - Medical Treatment

Summary
There is high level evidence that neonates do feel pain and respond physiologically, and that this can have both short and long term adverse effects. A number of simple interventions such as breastfeeding, swaddling and sucrose during procedures such as heel lance or insertion of intravenous line can prevent neonatal pain. There is also evidence for the best forms of analgesia for more complex procedures.

Date of Publication: 31 July 2006

Replaces: N/A
Author Branch: NSW Kids and Families

This document applies to: Area Health Services/Chief Executive Governed Statutory Health Corporation, Board Governed Statutory Health Corporations, Affiliated Health Organisations, Affiliated Health Organisations - Declared, Divisions of General Practice, NSW Ambulance Service, Ministry of Health, Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres, Public Hospitals

Audience: Maternity, Emergency Depts, Paediatrics, Pathology, Early Childhood Centres, Neonatal Intensive Care

Distributed to: Public Health System, Community Health Centres , Divisions of General Practice, NSW Ambulance Service , Ministry of Health, Public Hospitals, Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres

Review Date: 31 July 2011

Policy Manual: Not applicable

File No: 04/3435-5

Status: Active

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