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ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences.

https://doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2017.067

eISSN: 1857-9655

Clinical Science

 

 

 

Acute Postoperative Pain in Trauma Patients - The Fifth Vital Sign


 

Nikolina Farčić1*, Ivana Barać2, Stana Pačarić1, Ivana Lovrić2, Vesna Ilakovac2

 

1University 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

 

Abstract

 

 

AIM: 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.

RESULTS: 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.

CONCLUSION: 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.


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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 patients.
*Correspondence: Nikolina Farčić. University Hospital Centre Osijek, Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia. E-mail: nfarcic@mefos.hr
Received: 23-Feb-2017; Revised: 20-Mar-2017; Accepted: 18-Apr-2017; Online first: 03-Jun-2017
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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