. 40(6):367-372, November/December 2015.
Commonly used methods for pain assessment in premature ventilated infants may not accurately detect pain because a high number of pain-associated procedures was rarely associated with an elevated pain score. Resources that are expended on regular pain reassessment processes in the NICU may need to be reconsidered in light of the very low yield for clinical alterations in care in this setting. Better methods to more accurately assess and manage the infant pain experience are needed.