NICU Pain Assessment

AAP Policy Statement Recommendations

Assessment of Pain and Stress in the Neonate 

1. Caregivers should be trained to assess neonates for pain using multidimensional tools. 

2. Neonates should be assessed for pain routinely and before and after procedures. 

3. The chosen pain scales should help guide caregivers in the provision of effective pain relief. 

N-PASS is one of several validated procedural pain scoring tool.