About Comfort Kids

  • "It's everyone's business to minimise pain, distress and anxiety during routine procedures"

    Nitrous child and nurse mask/ distraction

    Our philosophy 

    • To provide the best possible experience for all children undergoing medical procedures, supporting their families and the health professionals
    • Understanding the needs of children undergoing medical procedures and their families, ensure the voice of the child is heard 
    • Empower families to help children during medical procedures, provide coping and resilience skills
    • Collaborate with health professionals, health services and consumers to implement quality outcomes 
    • Provide clinical leadership, education and training, consultation and support in the management of procedural pain and distress
    • Provide consultation and governance for safe and effective Procedural Sedation at RCH (ward and ambulatory areas) 
    • Identify strategies which are innovative, support sustainable practice and promote cultural change in Procedural Pain Management

    Principles of procedural pain management

    • PPM interventions adopted by the healthcare team, enable the child and family to understand their environment and cope with procedures
    • Providing comfort and supportive measures can be done by healthcare professionals, families and carers
    • Research shows that when a child is empowered and engaged, they are able to use coping strategies during procedures

    • Preparation

      Prior preparation of family, child, environment and the team reduces procedural anxiety and minimises distress promoting behaviours
      A Procedural Support Plan and Procedural Sedation risk assessment are essential tools in planning procedures
    • Language

      Use of developmentally appropriate words, positive coping language and specific information provided in a "step" approach identifies the childs preferences, provides choice and control
    • Distraction

      Developmentally appropriate activities must be engaging and interactive
      Distraction toys, books, media, music, guided imagery, relaxation methods and breathing techniques aim to reduce procedural focus and direct towards pleasurable activities
    • Positioning for comfort 

      Swaddling infants and upright positioning for procedures, promote comfort and empower children
    • Pharmacology 

      Procedural sedation agents oral, IV and inhaled, topical local anaesthesia agents, analgesia and adjuncts provide pharmacological support in the management of procedural pain and anxiety
    • Breast milk or sucrose

      Sweet tasting solutions administered to infants up to 18 months of age results in short term relief from procedural pain
    • Promoting recovery and resilience 

      When a procedure is not going well "Rest Reassess and Recover"
      Debrief, make appropriate changes to the Procedural Support Plan and consult a PPM practitioners
      Reduce the child's distress before leaving the procedural setting, provide positive reinforcement of what went well
      Refer children who will require ongoing procedural support and consultation to a PPM practitioner

    The Comfort Kids Program is is proudly sponsored by the Staff and Customers of  Woolworths Woolworths logo