Updated Jan 16, 2018

A Toolkit to Minimize Pain in Infants

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Working in Ghana, this project will introduce ways of alleviating pain for infants born prematurely and treated in special neonatal intensive care units (NICU)s.
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Working in Ghana, this project will introduce ways of alleviating pain for infants born prematurely -- the tiniest of kids who experience moderate to severe pain several times daily due to diagnost...
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Working in Ghana, this project will introduce ways of alleviating pain for infants born prematurely and treated in special neonatal intensive care units (NICU)s.
How does your innovation work?
Working in Ghana, this project will introduce ways of alleviating pain for infants born prematurely -- the tiniest of kids who experience moderate to severe pain several times daily due to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as blood sample collections and medicine injections.  The project will introduce Ghanaian caregivers and parents to an integrated “Toolkit for Minimizing the Impact of Pain in Infants.”, adapted from successful practices in Canada.
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Stage 2: Research & Development

Project leader, Dr. Bonnie Stevens, says the severity of brain defects found later among children born preterm can be linked to the number of painful procedures experienced in the NICU. Worldwide, about 13 million infants are born preterm each year -- a number growing steadily thanks to modern technologies. A survey in Kenya showed that infants in seven special care newborn nurseries experienced, on average, four painful procedures daily, half of them injections and blood sample withdrawals.
The project draws on existing partnerships between the University of Ghana School of Nursing, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, together training 1,000 pediatric nurses in Ghana over the next 10-15 years, supported by a Canadian government grant.
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Focus Areas:

Health and Social and Behavior Change

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Implemented In:

Ghana

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Videos and other educational materials will detail simple, universally affordable, proven ways to mitigate procedural pain for an infant, such as: Sweet solutions, administered orally prior to a painful procedure; Kangaroo care, where infants are held in skin-to-skin contact with a parent; Facilitated tucking, where infants are held in a fetal-like position to provide support and boundaries; Breastfeeding. Combined, these interventions have a demonstrated cumulative pain-relieving effect.
Plans calls for the toolkit’s integration into the curriculum at the School of Nursing (where there is limited pain content) and its use scaled up to reach additional countries. Says Dr. Stevens: “Decreasing the intensity of painful procedures in hospitalized infants using simple, inexpensive, evidence-based strategies has the potential to minimize both immediate stress and suffering, and the known longer-term impact of pain on the developing neonatal brain and cognitive deficits.”

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