TABLE 2

The Most Painful Procedures and Conditions for Children Who Experienced Pain While in the Hospital

Cause of “Worst Pain”an (%)“Worst” Pain Scoreb
Mean (SD)
All Patientsc110 (100)6.1 (2.9)
Needle pokes43 (39)4.8 (2.9)
Trauma/injury/other medicald37 (34)7.2 (2.3)
Surgery11 (10)7.1 (2.6)
Procedure9 (8)6.7 (3.5)
Acute infection/illness6 (5)5.8 (2.8)
Known disease4 (4)5.3 (3.2)
  • a Pain ratings were obtained directly from children (when possible) or their parents.

  • b 0 = no pain; 10 = worst pain imaginable pain.

  • c Twenty-five of the 135 children/parents (19%) who experienced pain while in the hospital chose not to give a pain rating; 20 (80%) of these children were <1 year of age.

  • d Examples of “other medical” in patients’/parents’ words were, for example, postsurgical overexertion, dizziness, pain at site of port.