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Acute Postoperative Pain in
Trauma Patients - The Fifth Vital Sign
Nikolina Farčić1*, Ivana
Barać2, Stana Pačarić1, Ivana Lovrić2, Vesna Ilakovac2
Hospital Centre Osijek, Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer
University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia; 2Faculty of Medicine,
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
To determine average pain intensity perceived by trauma patients at hospital
admission, lowest and highest pain intensity during their hospitalisation
and their satisfaction with provided pain treatment.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
The research included 114 operated patients at the Clinical Department of
Trauma Surgery. We used the standard Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) for a
clinical measure of pain.
The average pain intensity at hospital admission was NRS median 7 (range
4–10), the severest perceived rate of pain during hospitalisation was NRS
median 5 (range 4–7). Ninety-four percent of our respondents were satisfied
with provided pain treatment. Thirty-two percent of patients were not asked
to assess their pain during their hospitalisation, and 40.4% of patients
assessed their pain occasionally.
Female patients, as well as patients admitted to the emergency department,
reported higher NRS scores. Those respondents who perceived severe pain
answered more often that medical staff didn’t ask them to assess their pain
on any occasion. Good communication between medical staff and patients,
together with adequate assessment and evaluation of acute pain are of great
importance in its treatment.
Citation: Farčić N, Barać I, Pačarić S, Lovrić I,
Ilakovac V. Acute Postoperative Pain in Trauma Patients - The Fifth Vital
Sign. Open Access Maced J Med Sci. https://doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2017.067
Keywords: Acute pain; NRS; trauma; pain assessment; satisfaction of
*Correspondence: Nikolina Farčić. University Hospital Centre Osijek,
Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek,
Croatia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 23-Feb-2017; Revised: 20-Mar-2017; Accepted: 18-Apr-2017; Online
Copyright: © 2017 Nikolina Farčić, Ivana Barać, Stana Pačarić, Ivana
Lovrić, Vesna Ilakovac. This is an open-access
article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial
4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
Funding: This research did not receive any financial support.
Competing Interests: Publication of this paper has been supported by
Roche Macedonia DOOEL Skopje.
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- Farčić N
- Barać I
- Pačarić S
- Lovrić I
- Ilakovac V