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REBELO FIGUEIRA, Alexandra Isabel; AMARAL, Guida Maria Marques da Silva  and  CARMO, Tânia Isabel Gomes do. Pain Evaluation and Registration in an Emergency Department: A Cross-sectional Study. Enfermería (Montevideo) [online]. 2022, vol.11, n.1, e2712.  Epub June 01, 2022. ISSN 1688-8375.


Pain is the main reason for seeking healthcare in an emergency service. Nurses have a crucial role in promoting and intervening in pain control as they are professionals with a privileged relationship with people.


Describe how the nursing team assessed and recorded pain in the minor’s area of an Accident and Emergency service.


Quantitative, descriptive, and cross-sectional study. The pain assessment records of 105 people were analyzed. Data analysis was conducted using descriptive statistics.


Pain was assessed in 53 episodes (50.48 %). The Numerical Rating Scale was the most used instrument (43.81 %). The characteristics of pain were described in 39.05 % of the episodes. In 1.90 % of the attacks, there was a record of pain reassessment after implementing pharmacological measures.


Pain assessment was underreported in the different dimensions described in the study. Thus, it is essential to define strategies for the education and training of nurses on pain assessment.

Keywords : pain assessment; electronic health records; nursing; hospital emergency service.

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