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Techniques to comfort children during stressful procedures.

Authors
  • Stephens, B K
  • Barkey, M E
  • Hall, H R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Advances in mind-body medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1999
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
49–60
Identifiers
PMID: 10955974
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Medical procedures can be unpleasant experiences for children, their parents, and health care providers. We present this model of working with children having invasive procedures with the aim of helping to increase the comfort of infants and children and also parents and medical staff. The model has five parts: (1) Preparing the child and parent for the procedure and for their role during the procedure; (2) inviting the parent/caregiver to be present; (3) utilizing the treatment room for stressful procedures; (4) positioning the child in a comforting manner; and (5) maintaining a calm, positive atmosphere.

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