Managing Pediatric Pain in Acute Care Settings

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Download the PowerPoint Presentation of this module, last updated: October 2017

Learning Module References


It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Pain Control for Children

“It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” is an initiative led by the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research to get research evidence about children’s pain directly into the hands of parents who can use it.

How to manage pediatric pain?

EMSC has created an ideal “tool box” for health care provides to manage pain. This tool box provides key resources and information for the emergency care provider to better understand, assess, and relieve children’s pain in the prehospital and emergency department settings.

Supplemental Presentations

Management of Pediatric Pain in the Field: the Old, the New, and the Future – CLINCON by Dr. Phyllis Hendry July 15, 2016

Presentation: Pediatric Pain Management and Sedation at KidCare Conference by Dr. Phyllis Hendry, December 2015

Presentation: Management Update on Pain, Agitation, and Sedation in the Emergency Care of Children by Dr. Phyllis Hendry, June 2015

Documentaries and Videos

Pediatric Screening Tool Predicts Transformation of Acute Pain to Chronic Pain

Use of a pediatric pain screening tool can predict the onset of chronic pain for adolescents with acute childhood musculoskeletal pain, according to researchers.

It Doesn’t Have to Hurt

Kids upset about the pain and distress of getting a needle? It doesn’t have to be this way. Watch the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research’s 2-minute video to learn some tips about how it can be easier for everyone. And the best news? These tips are all backed by scientific research!

Comfort Positions

Comfort positions can be used during a number of procedures including IV starts, blood draws, NG placements, and injections. These positions can be adapted for use in a variety of locations: at the hospital, at the doctor’s office, the dentist, or other areas where children may need assistance holding still.

Managing Procedural Anxiety in Pediatrics

Krauss BS, Krauss BA, Green SA. Managing Procedural Anxiety in Pediatrics. N Engl J Med 2016; 37:e19. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm1411127. When children need medical care, the situation can be stressful for both the parent and the child. Pain, fear, and unfamiliar surroundings can lead to a high level of anxiety, which may make accurate assessment and treatment challenging….


Emergency Medicine Cases: Episode 67 Pediatric Pain Management

This podcast reviews: Why is pediatric pain management important? Pediatric pain assessment tools; Triage-initiated pain protocols; Low resource utilization distraction techniques; Topical analgesic options for venipuncture; Graded analgesic options for pain anticipated to last hours to days; Step-wise ladder approach to outpatient pain management; Codeine should almost never be given to children or breastfeeding mothers; Analgesic options for pain anticipated to last minutes or as a bridge to intravenous analgesics; and Do children receiving skin adhesive for laceration repair require analgesia?