Best Paper Award Bronze
Mrs. Priscilla Mawuli Ekpale
Theme of Conference: Research, Technology and Innovation: The Bedrock for Global Development
Article Topic: An Assessment of the Management of Post Operative Pain in Children Admitted to the Pediatric Surgery Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (Kbth)
dictionary defines pain as a “highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by
illness or injury”. It is also defined by the International association of pain
as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or
potential tissue damage”(Fisher, 2000). Now internationally it has been
accepted that, pain should be expected, carefully and efficiently restricted in
children irrespective of how old or mature they are and how severe their source
of pain is considered to be (Fisher & Morton 1 998).
A number of
researches have been done in the area of pediatric pain and this has led to an improvement
in the understanding of pain in children by both their parents or guardians and
their clinical health care team. This not withstanding there is still some
amount of challenge with the evaluation of pain in children.
internationally so many studies have been conducted in the area of pediatric
pain assessment and management, in Ghana there has been little or no study
conducted in this area. Even obtaining local information about the assessment
of post operative pain in children was not fruitful. As a result one cannot
prove that post operative pain in children in Ghana who undergo one surgery or
another receives the best control therapy.
This study is to assess the management of post operative pain in children in the biggest tertiary hospital in Ghana and information gathered could inform further studies in this area that can help improve the care given to children when it comes to the management of their post operative pain.