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Pain assessment and management of the newborn

 李淑婷(Shu-Ting Lee);孫孝倫(Hsiao-Lun Sun);何信明(Hsin-Ming Ho)
Pain management is increasingly emphasized as a part of effective management of vulnerable babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Babies requiring intensive care are unable to express discomfort, making them at risk for inadequate pain treatment, so adequate assessing tools are important. Analgesia and sedation in the NICU has controversy because of concern about the safety of these drugs in the neonatal population. Thus, the use of sedation and analgesia in the neonatal population although extremely important, must be done safely and effectively. In practice, every NICU should have a program to reduce pain for the NICU patients.