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Pain in young children attending the accident and emergency department
  1. Briar Stewart
  1. A&E Paediatric Pain Group, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP, UK (Briar.Stewart@RLCH-TR.NWEST.NHS.UK)

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    Editor,—We read with interest the article by Macarthy et al.1 We too have experienced difficulties assessing and scoring children's pain in the accident and emergency (A&E) setting. We feel that while subjective assessment has been shown to be the gold standard of pain assessment in some settings, for example, postoperative pain, the unexpected nature and anxiety associated with …

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