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CASADO GOMEZ, Cristina et al. Assessment of knowledge and application of tetanalgesia in a unit of neonatology. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.38, pp.33-41. ISSN 1695-6141.

Introduction: During the hospitalization, newborn children are subjected to constant painful and stressful procedures. There is evidence that breastfeeding makes an analgesic effect. This is known as Tetanalgesia. Objective: To value the knowledge of health professionals on tetanalgesia and analyze the causes of their lack of implantation during painful procedures realized to hospitalize newborn children. Material and Methods: Was realized an observational, cross-sectional and descriptive study, using a validated questionnaire auto completed by health professionals in the Unit of Neonatology of the Hospital University Virgen del Rocío (Seville). Results and Conclusions: Of the total study population (51 health professionals), only 45% knew the concept of tetanalgesia what it denotes the deficit of formation in the matter. Of these, only 22% apply it. The main causes of non-applicability were lack of consensus among the professionals (55,56%) and lack of time (38,89%), factors related to teamwork and working conditions.

Keywords : Tetanalgesia; pain; infant; breastfeeding.

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