Pain and pain management in a Hong Kong emergency department
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AbstractBackground: The prevalence of pain is high in emergency departments (ED), according to previous studies. There is little information on the epidemiology of pain in Hong Kong EDs. This study aimed to explore the epidemiology of pain in a single academic ED in Hong Kong, and to evaluate the pain management policy in the ED. Methods: Retrospective case review study with explicit record review of ED clinical records; records obtained by means of systematic sampling of a seven-consecutive-day period attendance. Data on the prevalence and location of pain, waiting time for drugs for pain relief, and pain drug prescription rates were obtained. Descriptive data analysis was performed. Results: A total of 494 ED clinical records were reviewed. The prevalence of pain was 60.7% (300/494) during the study period. 72.3% (217/300) of patient attendances with pain had duration of pain not exceeding three days; 79.0% (237/300) of them were classified as 'semi-urgent' or 'non-urgent'. 41.7% (125/300) of patients suffering from pain were given drugs for pain relief. The median time for patients to receive analgesic drugs was 56.0 (IQR 25.0-104.5) minutes after registration. Pain assessment using a numerical rating scale was positively associated with drug prescriptions for pain relief. Conclusion: The prevalence of pain in ED patients was high, and comparable with the figures from studies in other EDs. Patients attending with pain had to wait more than 60 minutes for drugs for pain relief on average. (Hong Kong j.emerg.med. 2011;18:406-411)
All Author(s) ListWong MT, Ip M, Graham CA
Journal nameHONG KONG JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Year2011
Month11
Day1
Volume Number18
Issue Number6
PublisherMEDCOM LTD
Pages406 - 411
ISSN1024-9079
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAnalgesics; emergency hospital service; patient preference; patient satisfaction
Web of Science Subject CategoriesEmergency Medicine; EMERGENCY MEDICINE

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