Sedation and Pain Management in Burn Patients

Clin Plast Surg. 2017 Jul;44(3):535-540. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2017.02.026. Epub 2017 Apr 18.


Although pain management is a major challenge for clinicians, appropriate pain control is the foundation of efficacious burn care from initial injury to long-term recovery. The very treatments designed to treat burn wounds may inflict more pain than the initial injury itself, making it the clinician's duty to embrace a multimodal treatment approach to burn pain. Vigilant pain assessment, meaningful understanding of the pathophysiology and pharmacologic considerations across different phases of burn injury, and compassionate attention to anxiety and other psychosocial contributors to pain will enhance the clinician's ability to provide excellent pain management.

Keywords: Anesthesia; Burn; Operative management; Pain management; Sedation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia*
  • Burns / complications
  • Burns / psychology
  • Burns / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pain Management*
  • Pain Measurement