Implementing change in the neonatal unit: Part 1 – The evidence base

S. Nurse, S. Cruise

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Pain management in premature and sick babies has long been recognised as a vital component of neonatal care; however practices pertaining to pain assessment and administration of analgesia remain variable in Neonatal Units (NNU). Sucrose has been identified as an effective agent in reducing pain during minor painful procedures in premature babies but the uptake has been modest.This article is the first of two, and will describe the rationale for implementation of sucrose administration as a measure for pain relief for minor procedures in one neonatal unit in Northern Ireland. Current literature relating to use of sucrose willbe utilised in generating debate and discussion around the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for Sucrose use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-164
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neonatal Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2014


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