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Pain Management of Acute Adult Orthopaedic Patients 

B.D. Underwood, RGON, Orthopaedic Nursing Supervisor, Auckland Hospital 

Reference:  Underwood, B. (1988). Pain Management of Acure Adult Orthopaedic Patients Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 4(1) 11-12  


Dodd (1986) identified the need for radical improvement in pain management and Murphy (this issue) reinforces the case.  The General Surgical Department’s project described by Murphy made it amply clear how large the deficit was in nursing staff knowledge, prompting me to develop a similar project within the Orthopaedic Nursing Service during 1987.  The project lasted from February to November.  The process followed is outlined below.