Reduction of procedural pain of burns with alternative methods
Efstathiou Flora, Polizos Christos, Tsoutsos Dimosthenis
Thursday, August 1, 2013
- Efstathiou Flora, Department of surgical operation GNA G. GENNIMATA
- Polizos Christos, Scrub Nurse, GNA G.GENNIMATAS,Athens,Greece
- Tsoutsos Dimosthenis, Plastic Surgeon, Chief Manager of Department of Plastic Surgery and Burn Care, GNA G.GENNIMATAS,Athens,Greece
Introduction : The procedural pain of burn
victims causes unpleasant emotions such as anxiety and disturbance of sleep
quality, reduces the level of functioning of patients and therefore the level
of satisfaction of care. All the above factors contribute to the development of
traumatic syndrome in patients. Besides of drugs alternative methods have been
tested for the treatment of pain.
Purpose : The exploration of the
effectiveness of alternative methods in the treatment of procedural pain of
burn victims in all ages, in combination with standard pharmaceutical
Method and material : Studies published
from 2000 to date, have been researched, relevant to the topic, in
international scientific databases, Greek and foreign scientific journals and
medical or nursing conferences.
Results: The alternative methods aim
to reduce pain through relaxation, distraction from the painful process and
focus of a pleasant stimulus. The most important methods are individualized
music therapy, hypnosis, breathing technique and monitoring virtual reality.
Positively all they have been correlated with the reduction of stress, muscle
tension and pain. Finally, the organization and cooperation in the treatment
therapy team have been mentioned as an
important factor in the effort to reduce pain of burn victims.
Conclusions : Alternative methods
could be combined with standard medical treatment, if other studies will
confirm the positive effects and if specific parameters will be taken into accountDownload PDF