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<< An Evidence-Based Approach To Traumatic Pain Management In The Emergency Department (Trauma CME)

Introduction

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.”1 Pain is present in up to 70% of emergency department (ED) visits.2 It has profound economic consequences, with losses estimated at $61.2 billion per year in the United States.3

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