The knowledge, practices and attitude of nurses towards pain management of neonates in the Western Cape
Dielle, Rachel Epie
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Aim: To investigate the knowledge, practices, and attitudes, of nurses towards pain management of neonates in Western Cape. Background: Pain is regarded as a sensory modality which is vital for surviving. Effective pain management presents positive patient’s outcome, reduced hospitalisation, and improved developmental milestone. The advancement of modern technology has facilitated the survival of premature and new-born babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care. This advanced technology may however be inflicting excruciating pain on sick neonates during treatment. The sick neonates are exposed to many painful procedures which include venepuncture, lumber puncture, mechanical ventilation, non-invasive ventilation, urine catheterisation, heel prick and many other procedures. If neonatal pain is not managed, it may cause long-term damage to the child’s neural development. This study is aimed to describe the factors of poor nurse management of neonate pain. The findings will be used to recommend pain management guidelines for the neonates receiving treatments in intensive care.