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Procedural Pain Learning Tools

Children very often experience multiple painful procedures in the course of their emergency department visit, as a part of investigation and treatment. The pain associated with these procedures can cause both long and short-term sequelae. Minimizing procedure-related pain should be a routine part of emergency department care for children.

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Website: Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI)

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Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI) is an e-Learning and patient safety educational project funded through a grant by the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association. The overall goal of PAMI is to improve the safety of patients of all ages by developing tools and learning modules for health care providers to recognize, assess, and manage acute and chronic pain in acute care settings such as the Emergency Department. The tools and resources developed are designed to be used, adapted and implemented by any health care facility or agency based on their specific needs. The PAMI site also includes pain related resourcesapps/podcasts and learning modules. PAMI learning modules and materials are developed by a state and national expert panel and are multidisciplinary, targeting physicians, nurses, PAs, pharmacists, paramedics, hospital patient safety officers, risk managers and other providers.

Resource - Acute Procedural Pain Toolkits

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Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres Pain Community of Practice

These Toolkits are a resource for clinicians who work with children that may experience acute procedural pain and support moving best practice recommendations into practice. Based on the best research evidence and clinical practice, these Toolkits bring together a collection of evidence-based recommendations, clinical and family resources, policy examples, pre-populated power point templates, videos, and background articles with the purpose of making these recommendations easier to move into practice. 

There are eight toolkits to choose from: 

  • Assessment
  • Distraction
  • Intranasal fentanyl
  • Breast feeding, non-nutritive sucking, and positioning
  • Oral sucrose
  • Pain with suturing
  • Topical anesthetics (venipuncture)
  • Implementation strategies