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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Friday, April 6, 2007
On the blogs: painkillers (Oxy-what?), pain-free pediatrics
On Nurse at small, Betsy Baumgartner, who works at a Boston teaching hospital, relates how patients react when she suggests they take Oxycodone (left) for pain.
"I'm still amazed at how many people are afraid to take this painkiller because of the media hype" about Oxycontin, she writes. "The funny part is that if you offer them Percocet they will gobble it right up without any questions!"
On Healthy Children, Dr. Stephen Parker of Boston Medical Center talks about methods for pain-free pediatrics - from skin-to-skin contact for newborns during procedures, to pet therapy for older hospitalized children, as well as anesthesia.
"Using some well-established (and some not-so-well-established) techniques to diminish the experience of pain, the screaming of kids in our emergency room and offices has markedly decreased," he writes.