1. Arroyo-Novoa, Carmen Mabel RN, MSN
  2. Figueroa-Ramos, Milagros I. RN, MSN
  3. Miaskowski, Christine RN, PhD, FAAN
  4. Padilla, Geraldine PhD
  5. Stotts, Nancy RN, EdD, FAAN
  6. Puntillo, Kathleen A. RN, DNSc, FAAN


PURPOSE: To provide the wound care practitioner with an overview of research and knowledge about the causes, mechanisms, contributing factors, and management of acute wound pain.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:


1. Describe the causes of acute wound pain.


2. Discuss research findings related to the physiology of wound pain.


3. Identify current concepts in the management of acute wound pain.