Garth Meckler

Sunday, June 4, 2017 • 15:00 - 16:30
Track 3 – PEDIATRICS II
WCC: Garibaldi

From Triage to Home: Managing a Child's Pain Throughout Their ED Journey - Dr. Samina Ali

Description:

This presentation will review evidence-based pharmacologic management of a child’s acute pain during their emergency department stay, and beyond. The goal is to become comfortable with strategies to engage parents/caregivers in treating their child’s pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn at least 2 evidence-based medication options that can be safely used at each step of a patient’s journey through the emergency department
  • Learn at least 2 evidence-based medication options that can be safely used at home, for post-ED discharge pain
  • Be able to promote family-centered care by providing information to parents/caregivers on how to advocate for their child’s pain care in the ED and safely manage pain at home

Assessing Pediatric Pain in the Emergency Department and at Home - Dr. Vikram Sabhaney

Description:

Children’s pain is often under-recognized and under-treated when they present to an emergency department. After discharge from the emergency department, parents also struggle to assess the level of pain their child is experiencing.

During this session, physicians will learn to use validated tools to assess pediatric pain, be able to identify opportunities to use these tools in the emergency department, and empower parents to assess their child’s pain post-discharge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with one or more tools that can be used to assess pediatric pain in the emergency department
  • Identify opportunities to assess pain in the pediatric patient during the emergency visit
  • Empower parents/caregivers to accurately assess their child’s pain post-emergency department visit

Play Away the Pain: Helping Children Cope in the Emergency Department - Ms. Bernadette Sanchez

Description:

Children, youth and families in the emergency department confront a variety of stressful, painful and potentially traumatizing events that may negatively impact their psychological and emotional health. In this segment, participants will become familiar with psychosocial and cognitive-behavioural techniques that promote coping and comfort in order to mitigate pain and anxiety; these non-pharmacological interventions can be used in conjunction with pharmacological ones. Participants will learn about developmentally appropriate tools for distraction and relaxation and will walk away with practical tips on how to normalize the hospital environment. Research has shown that pediatric patients who engage in play, self-expression activities, and age-appropriate preparation prior to medical procedures not only experience less fear and anxiety, but also have better long-term adjustment to future healthcare experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with psychosocial and cognitive-behavioural techniques that promote coping and comfort in order to mitigate pain and anxiety
  • Learn about developmentally appropriate tools for distraction and relaxation, including toys, “coping kits” and apps
  • Promote family-centered care by providing information (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological in nature) to parents/caregivers on how to manage their child’s pain at home, with the ultimate goal of empowering families