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1

What is pain?

‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or, described in terms of such damage’

2

What is the perception of pain?

Psychological factors
Cultural factors: no noise
Social factors
Progress in labour: communicate with woman
Support in labour (Hodnett E): constant support
Neonate

3

What are the fibres?

A-beta fibres large diameter fibres that carry sensations of pressure and temperature

C fibres transmit pain sensations and A-delta fibres small diameter fibre

4

What is the natural pain relief released in our body?

Endorphins

5

How do we measure pain?

Visual analogue scale
Mc Gill pain questionnaire: how will this enhance pain score - more accurate
Always ask how severe the pain is. Ask twice once when they are in a lot of pain and then once given medication ask again to see if the medication has worked

6

What is the gate control theory?

Melzack and Wall
Non painful input blocks the gates to painful then prevents the sensation of pain from travelling to the CNS