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

Treatment

When possible, treatment should be directed at the source of injury rather than more centrally, where the mechanism becomes more comminuted. Generalized agents (such as opioids) may decrease the sensation of pain, but they may also blunt other elements of the sensorium and are associated with an increased incidence of unwanted effects (eg, vital sign derangements, mental status changes, and constipation).

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