Pain Management in Neonatal Intensive Care

  • Nan Smith-Blair


Recent advances in the area of neonatology have afforded dramatic increases in survival rates of neonates following premature birth and catastrophic illness. Many infants surviving today through use of advanced technology and improved surgical procedures would not have lived 20 years ago. Growth and development of neonatal intensive care units and unprecedented advances in technology have become an integral part of the care we deliver. Rarely has a month gone by over the last 10 years when at least one change in therapeutic interventions did not alter what previously had been considered “state-of-the-art” care. Sophisticated methods for physiologic and biochemical monitoring have necessitated an increase in invasive procedures. Our preoccupation with improved mortality and morbidity may have slanted our focus away from the impact of relentlessly intrusive environment and painful procedures on these fragile infants Historically, critically ill infants have been exposed to numerous painful medical and surgical procedures without aid of analgesia or anesthesia.


Pain Management Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Dead Space Narcotic Analgesic 
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