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Keywords:

  • Newborn;
  • pain;
  • sucrose

issues and purpose. To present an evidence-based practice protocol for oral sucrose administration to minimize neonatal procedural pain.

conclusion. Examination of published research may provide additional modalities to expand an established pediatric pain-management program.

practical implications. The extensive research evaluating oral sucrose supports its inclusion in a pediatric pain-management program. A thorough implementation plan will allow new modalities to be included to optimize procedural pain relief for hospitalized neonates with minimal staff resistance and improved patient outcomes.