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Pain relief in children: how good are we?
  1. S J Brennan,
  2. T F Beattie,
  3. S Kidd
  1. Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 S J Brennan
 Pinderfields General Hospital, Aberford Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 4DG, UK; brennansarah{at}hotmail.com

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The literature suggests that the provision of pain relief in children is suboptimal despite guidelines from the British Association for Emergency Medicine.1–3

In July 2003, we assessed the prescription of analgesia by senior house officers (SHOs) for children presenting with acute painful conditions to emergency departments (EDs). We contacted 50 conveniently chosen EDs …

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