Hospital without pain, a project
created to minimize the pain
associated with kids' hospital
Galenicum is the exclusive sponsor of “Hospital without pain”, a pilot project created and implemented by the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona in which a group of professionals help minimise the pain and discomfort children may experience in the hospital. The project takes a different approach, going beyond analgesics to act upon all the components that can increase children's perception of pain, such as anxiety and fear.
Forget about pain. Dispel opinions such as: “kids feel less pain than adults”, “it only lasts a moment, they’ll forget about it right away”, “parents make kids even more nervous”, “there’s no remedy, an injection just hurts”, “I don’t have time…”
A whole range of tools such as involving parents, understanding, innovation, localised drugs, distraction and recognition help minimise the pain and fear experienced by little patients:
Involving parents in healthcare procedures. Parents are kids’ main allies against pain, so professionals must adapt to ensure parents are involved.
Kids’ collaboration. By using games and the appropriate language, kids’ cooperation is achieved.
Innovative tools: Buzzy. Buzzy looks like a toy. Its vibration and icy wings distract the nerves, helping to reduce pain during injections.
Innovative tools: Sofstic. The Sofstic is another tool that uses vibration to distract the kid and to reduce pain during injections.
Entonox pain relief. Entonox is a gas with a mixture of 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide, which can provide short-term pain relief. The standard medical process is always followed, so there is no risk involved.
Emla and other local analgesics. Using local analgesics helps to temporarily prevent sensitivity in the area where the procedure takes place, such as an injection.
Distraction. The most common methods of distraction are the use of very simple games and toys, TV, music, sounds, noises, bright picture books, soap bubbles and balloons.
Pay attention to even the smallest details, such as decorating the uniforms, caps, surgical masks and endoscopes of medical staff, or simply using plasters with designs that appeal to children.
Appreciation. We often tell kids that they’ve been brave, but we can do even more than that by awarding them a medal, certificate or diploma.