Emergency Medicine Team launch Pain Passport

Posted on Mon, 18/02/2019

Kids in Gateshead are using a new and interactive way of telling medical teams how much pain they are experiencing after the hospital launched a special pain passport for youngsters.

Children attending the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are given a pain passport which helps to put the child and their parent or guardian in charge of their own needs and pain management, while also helping medical staff to see if the child’s pain has worsened.

Dr Noel Renton, worked with a wide range of staff across the hospital to design and implement the project, following a national audit by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The Pain Passport, which was introduced at the end of last year, is now given to a child on their arrival and they are able to use this to score their pain within 30 minutes after their arrival.

The passport also features an interactive ‘Kid’s Page’, which gives children something to focus on in the waiting room, where they can draw a picture of their face and answer questions about themselves such as their favourite colour and hobbies. This helps build a rapport between patients and the nursing staff during a time where children might feel a little unsettled or anxious.

Dr Renton, said: “I’m really pleased with the initial response to the introduction of the Pain Passport. Everyone has shown great commitment to improving the experience of Paediatric patients in the Emergency Care Centre and this pain passport has been very successful in doing so.”

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