Ms Kathryn James1
1Murdoch University, , Australia
Despite the evidence for the use of rapid induction analgesia for burn wound dressing pain, it has not been implemented as standard practice on burns units. The researchers conceived that creating a recording and asking nurses to administer it could make this treatment accessible to patients.
In an experimental study an RIA practice group, RIA in-session group and a control group were given a simulated burn and their pain experience tested. The practice group were found to be the most relaxed during stimulation of their burn, followed by the in-session group, followed by the control group. There were no differences between the groups in terms of pain intensity.
A clinical trial was designed for the WA State Burns Service. Patients in a RIA group were given the recording and a control group received treatment as usual. The RIA group experienced greater pain and anxiety improvements compared to the control group. Practice was found to enhance the benefits.
Kate is a psychologist and researcher with a special interest in the implementation of hypnosis and other psychological approaches to burn pain management in health care settings. Kate currently works in private practice.