Background: Chest drain tube poses a greater intensity of pain in a patient, especially during its removal. It is necessary for a nurse to recognize the severity of pain and treat it accordingly with nonpharmacological treatments to prevent side effects and ease comfort.
Objective: To assess the efficacy of ice pack application by differentiating the before and after assessment of severity of pain among the control and the ice pack group of patients with chest tubes.
Materials and methods: The present study was conducted using experimental research design. A total of 60 patients with chest tubes were selected by systematic sampling method, assigning 30 patients to control group and ice pack group after ruling out their inclusion criteria. Data were collected using a demographic pro forma, clinical pro forma, Numerical rating pain scale, and Mc Gill Pain Questionnaire.
Results: The results revealed that the scores of posttest severity pain in the control group by numerical rating scale [mean (M) = 7.06, standard deviation (SD) = 0.77] and Mc Gill Pain questionnaire (M = 2, SD = 0.51) and in the ice pack group by numerical rating scale (M = 1.8, SD = 1.11) and Mc Gill Pain questionnaire (M = 0.1, SD = 0) showed a statistically significant difference for “t” value of 35.39 (NRS) and 31.67 (Mc Gill Pain questionnaire) at p value <0.001 which may be attributed to the ice pack application.
Conclusion: The ice pack application has a remarkable effect on the severity of pain during chest tube removal.
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