Pediatric ED visits for chronic pain increasing | APS

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  • Pediatric visits to the emergency department (ED) with chronic pain are increasing, as is analgesic administration, but more than two-thirds presenting are likely to receive a non-opioid. 

Why this matters

  • Increasing use of the ED for treatment of pediatric chronic pain conditions suggests the need to increase multidisciplinary pediatric chronic programs. 

Study design

  • Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago sought to describe the prevalence of ED visits for pediatric chronic pain.
  • Data were obtained from 49 US children’s hospitals regarding ED visits for chronic pain (excluding sickle cell disease) from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015. 

Key results

  • Included hospitals reported a total of 531 ED visits for 512 patients <18 y with chronic pain.
  • The...