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Implications for practice and research
The trajectory of both pain intensity and sedation level is an important consideration when caring for children following cardiac surgery.
International standards recommend preventive analgesia should be incorporated into care pathways for children following cardiac surgery.
Neuromuscular blockage should be assessed using quantitative valid methods, such as the train-of-four.
The prevalence of pain following cardiac surgery in children remains excessively high worldwide.1 ,2 It is estimated that 70% of children experience moderate to severe pain postcardiac surgery in China. Effective pain management should be a priority in the child's care following surgery.
Bai and Hsu's study aimed to describe the trajectory of pain intensity and sedation level in Chinese children after …