Treatment of pain in burns patients

Edward Welechew

in Acute Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199234721
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191739972 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Treatment of pain in burns patients

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Pain from burns has three components: background, breakthrough, and procedural pain.

Central sensitization is an important component of the ongoing pain.

Early management of pain, prior to the arrival at hospital is essential.

Multimodal treatment including opiates will be necessary and psychological support is key.

Procedural pain is of high intensity and short duration, and will require a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of analgesia.

Central sensitization and opiate tolerance are common problems in burns patients.

Chapter.  3349 words. 

Subjects: Critical Care ; Pain Medicine

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