Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) and the Health Standards Organization (HSO) are pleased to announce Canada’s first national Pediatric Pain Management standard, establishing a set of guidelines for the delivery of pain management for children from birth to 19 years. The standard provides guidance to health care organizations on how to deliver equitable and quality pain management across hospital settings!
Canada is a world leader in children’s pain research, but new knowledge and effective treatments for pain aren’t consistently put into practice and policy. As a result, children suffer from undertreated and preventable pain that leads to many immediate and long-term problems.
“I would like to see prescribers pay as much attention to the pain kids have as they do to the potential complications of opioids. Families and patients need to be involved in weighing the risks and benefits of whether these medications should be taken, as opposed to being made to feel we are bad for trying to get medication that works.” – Parent partner
SKIP has released the Procedural pain management in children & Youth: A toolkit for health professionals, in partnership with Children’s Healthcare Canada. Medical procedures are common and among the most distressing and painful aspects of medical care for children and youth. Fear of needles and poorly managed pain associated with vaccinations can lead to avoiding other medical procedures and healthcare interactions.
Pain Education Day is a Patients Included event hosted by Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) in partnership with the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research (CPPR) and the Pain in Child Health (PICH) training program.
The special topics Education Day will provide a deep dive into knowledge mobilization for anyone interested in learning more about how to bridge the gaps between research and practice, and policy. This event is for researchers, health professionals (from all disciplines), administrators, policymakers, trainees, patient partners, and others. Anyone from around the world or locally who wants to learn how to make a difference for children in pain is encouraged to register.