The challenges of managing paediatric pain

Reflection 5

A discussion of the merits and problems with the various tools available for the assessment of children in pain is beyond the scope of this module; however, you may find it beneficial to read further into the topic. Try and answer these questions:

  • What pain assessment tool do you utilize when estimating the severity of a child’s (and an adult’s) pain?
  • What do you think are the advantages of using pain assessment tools?
  • Are there any limitations that you can think of in using them?
  • Aside from the Wong Baker tool, what other pain assessment tools are you aware of, and do they have any particular limitations?

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