When children come to emergency rooms, finding ways to help control their pain and anxiety proves challenging. A new report issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics provides evidence based guidelines for pain management in children, including not only medications but also creating a friendly environment that reduces anxiety for children and families. Anxiety reducing measures help create a calm emergency room environment and employes the use of distraction methods, such as using videos, coloring books, and other activities. Besides making the hospital experience less distressing, these techniques increase patient and family satisfaction as well as give children a more positive view of medical visits. Creating a more positive medical experience is especially important for children with chronic health conditions where frequent doctor visits are common.

How does your hospital make a child's emergency room visit less stressful?