Pain assessment and management: An audit of practice at a tertiary hospital
Background: In spite of advances in techniques and analgesics for pain management, pain remains a major health problem. Regular assessment and reassessment of pain using guidelines with measurable goals is essential for effective pain management in surgical wards. Unfortunately, no such guidelines exist in South Africa. To implement appropriate precepts for the South African context, the current practice must be understood.
Aim: The aim of this article was to evaluate pain assessment and management of patients in two surgical wards at a tertiary hospital in South Africa.