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Bernardo Lisa Marie PhD RN; Gardner, Mary Jane RN; Miracle, Terri Briggs MSN, RN; Henker, Richard PhD, RN
Journal of Trauma Nursing: January-March 1997

OBJECTIVETo compare the prescription and administration practices for narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics given to injured adolescents admitted to an adult versus pediatric trauma center.

METHODSA retrospective chart review of 45 medical records for documentation of prescribed and administered analgesics in the first 48 hours of hospitalization.

RESULTSAdolescents treated at the adult trauma center had significantly more narcotics ordered in the first 24 hours of admission compared to adolescents in the pediatric trauma center. However, when controlling for injury seventy, there was no difference between the narcotic administration at the two trauma centers. There were no differences in the types or numbers of doses of non-narcotic analgesics prescribed or administered.

CONCLUSIONThere were no differences in the prescription or administration of narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics to injured adolescents in an adult versus a pediatric trauma center. Future research should focus on the prospective enrollment of injured adolescents at additional trauma centers and a larger sample size to validate or refute these findings.

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