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The assessment of postoperative pain by monitoring skin conductance: results of a prospective study.

Authors
  • Ledowski, T1
  • Bromilow, J
  • Wu, J
  • Paech, M J
  • Storm, H
  • Schug, S A
  • 1 Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA, Australia. [email protected] , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anaesthesia
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2007
Volume
62
Issue
10
Pages
989–993
Identifiers
PMID: 17845649
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The number of fluctuations of skin conductance per second correlates with postoperative pain. The aim of this prospective study was to test the cut-off value for the number of fluctuations of skin conductance per second obtained from a previous study. Seventy-five patients were asked to quantify their level of pain on a numeric rating scale (0-10) in the recovery room. The number of fluctuations of skin conductance per second was recorded simultaneously. The number of fluctuations of skin conductance per second was different between patients with no (0.07), mild (0.16), moderate (0.28) and severe pain (0.33); p < 0.001. The tested cut-off value for the number of fluctuations of skin conductance per second (0.1) distinguished a numeric rating scale </= 3 from > 3 with 88.5% sensitivity and 67.7% specificity. The number of fluctuations of skin conductance per second may be a useful means of assessing postoperative pain.

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