Sedation and Pain Management in Burn Patients

Cornelia Griggs, Jeremy Goverman, Edward A. Bittner, Benjamin Levi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although pain management is a major challenge for clinicians, appropriate pain control is the foundation of efficacious burn care from initial injury to long-term recovery. The very treatments designed to treat burn wounds may inflict more pain than the initial injury itself, making it the clinician's duty to embrace a multimodal treatment approach to burn pain. Vigilant pain assessment, meaningful understanding of the pathophysiology and pharmacologic considerations across different phases of burn injury, and compassionate attention to anxiety and other psychosocial contributors to pain will enhance the clinician's ability to provide excellent pain management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-540
Number of pages6
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Anesthesia
  • Burn
  • Operative management
  • Pain management
  • Sedation


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