PFCC - Newsletter
You can learn about Patient and Family Centred Care activities at Alberta Children's Hospital by reading our monthly e-newsletter - Together We're Better. This newsletter will give you insight into Family Centred Care Initiatives, profile our Family Centred Care champions, and keep you up to date on upcoming education opportunities. Archived copies are available on the FCRC website.
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Welcome to the April edition of Together We're Better.
Committed to Helping Kids Cope with Their Pain
The Commitment to Comfort Pain Initiative was created to promote comfort by helping to lessen pain and anxiety in children and their families.
In March 2017, the Child Life team and the Pain Service team at ACH officially rolled-out a site-wide Commitment to Comfort Pain Initiative. What began a year and a half ago in the Emergency Department as a way to improve kids (and parents) comfort with pain is now spreading across the hospital.
To help a child be more comfortable when they're in pain or anticipating pain (like a needle poke) is both a short term and long-term objective, comments Cathy Smith, Certified Child Life Specialist.
Since 2015, a multi-disciplinary Pain Committee has met monthly to work on implementing new strategies to help children and their families cope with pain. This work has evolved to include the use of comfort kits, regular use of numbing cream, and MEDi, the robot that distracts kids and high fives them when getting a needle.
Comfort kits can be found in each of the hospital's four inpatient units, PICU, PACU, and the HOT (Hematology/Oncology/Transplant) Clinic. Inside a comfort kit are distraction toys, a
how-to guide for comfort positions for families to comfort their child during procedures, comfort care plans, and other helpful items.
The ultimate goal of the Initiative is for children to be able to identify what would help them be comforted when they undergo a procedure (such as sutures, needle pokes, MRI's, etc.) and that they can ask for these comfort items from their healthcare team. By doing this, child patients and their families are creating their Comfort Care Plan and gaining some control over what's happening to them.
Our aim is to set kids and their families up for success. Each success builds confidence, decreases stress and anxiety over procedures and creates more trust in the healthcare team, comments Sandy Baggott, Child Life Team Leader.
Sometimes it takes more time to get ready for a procedure when considering a patient's Comfort Care Plan but the outcome is usually better.
National Volunteer Week
April 23-29, 2017
We are privileged to work with so many INCREDIBLE Patient and Family Centred Care volunteers at the Alberta Children's Hospital!
Over the past year (April 2016-March 2017) 154 volunteers have contributed over 2,800 hours to our engagement work! And, five individuals contributed over 100 hours each!!
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Thanks to all of our volunteers for contributing your experience to help improve the quality of care and health outcomes for all patients at ACH.
Volunteer Spotlight: Kristy Cutinha
Q: Why did you become a volunteer with Family to Family Connections?
A: I became a volunteer with Family to Family Connections as a way to try to help other families caring for children with extraordinary needs. It was important to me to reach out and let other families know that they are not alone.
Q: What do you like best about volunteering?
A: I like being able to connect with families who are on a similar journey and to share my insight and experience in a way that could be helpful and encouraging to them. I also like to be able to offer them a listening ear and a safe place to voice their questions and concerns.
Q: What type(s) of volunteering do you do?
A: I have been an active volunteer for several years now, in various roles. At ACH, I am currently involved in Family to Family Connections and the Bedside Orientation program.
Q: How has volunteering affected your life?
A: Volunteering has allowed me to grow as both a parent and as a person. It gives me new perspective every time I meet a new family. What I like most about volunteering is being able to give back to the community and to spread kindness and hope.
In This IssuePain Initiative, Comfort Kits
National Volunteer Week
CAPHC UPCOMING EVENTS
From Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Resilience: Building and Sustaining Vaccination Acceptance and Uptake
This webinar will present current issues around vaccine hesitancy in Canada by looking at the general public and healthcare providers.
Wednesday, April 26
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Canadian Paediatric Nursing Standards: Ensuring High Quality Nursing Care for Children Across Canada
Participants will learn about the Canadian-specific paediatric nursing standards that have been created to achieve the ideal future state of health for all Canadian children and their families.
Wednesday, May 3
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Camp Independence is Looking for Campers this July!
July 24-28 (ages 16-19)
July 31-Aug 4 (ages 12-15)
A fun way for youth to improve their independence skills. Open to youth ages 12-19 who have a motor impairment and are followed by a clinic at ACH.
Registration closes May 1, 2017!Register